This is one of our favorite places and we make at least a short stop at Riverside (Caballo Lake State Park). It lies just below the Caballo Dam along the Rio Grande - it is not listed separately from Caballo Lake State Park, however, it is a bit further down the road.
This campground offers green grass, a low number of goathead thorns (always an issue in this area of the country), and the ability to boondock along the river without giving up things like showers and electricity.
The campground has a nice variety of hook up sites, either back in or pull through, tent or boondocking sites, and a rally site for larger groups. There are two bath/shower houses. The park is open year round.
The photo was one taken just south of our campsite early in the morning. Lovely to site this family of deer!
Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes.
See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas.
We stayed at Government Wash campground which is a large desert campground that boasts amazing views. The camp is within 20 minutes of Las Vegas but manages to feel like a remote desert oasis. There are multiple campgrounds with different facilitites. Government Wash is more of a boondocking area - we had a terrific level site above the lakeshore and really enjoyed the view of the entire lake area. Birds, sailboats, fishing vessels, and other outdoors adventurers were all around.
The Fearless Bus crew set up camp here for a few days after the drive down from Washington State. We purchased the Lake Mead annual park pass which is $45 and last one year from the month of purchase. If you are going to boondock, this covers your entrance/camping fees. You will always be asked for ID when presenting this pass. We thought it was a great deal as we plan on returning to the park either on the way back up to the Pacific Northwest or just as a nice place to land for a few days of rest.
Jackson Park is a free campground with no services, a vault toilet, and on the edge of BLM land in Pie Town off of Hwy 60. We have used this campground several times as a great place to rest to and from SW NM.
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