Beaver Dam State Park
Open: Open from Apr 1 through Nov 15
Number of Sites: 33
Beaver Dam State Park is Eastern Nevada's most remote park, and is a popular area for hikers and nature enthusiasts who enjoy its primitive and rustic character. Deep canyons, pinion and juniper forests, a flowing stream and numerous beaver dams are the primary features, offering fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, photography and nature study. Facilities include campgrounds, a group use area, a day-use picnic area, and hiking and interpretive trails. Beaver Dam is open year-round, weather permitting, but travel is not advised during winter months.
Situated in rugged canyon country, this 2,393-acre park is located approximately 34 miles east of Caliente adjacent to the Utah border. Motorists can reach the park by driving six miles north of Caliente on US 93, then 28 miles east on a graded gravel road that leads to the park entrance. The park sits at an elevation of 5,000 feet. Vehicles and trailers over 25 feet long are not recommended because of switchbacks on the road to the park.
Entrance Fee: An entrance fee is charged to enter the park, with additional fees for camping. Current fees are posted at the park entrance. Click here for all individual park fees by region.
Camping: Three developed campgrounds offer 33 individual campsites, each containing a fire pit, picnic table and parking pad, some suitable for trailers up to 20 feet in length. Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis. Water hydrants and vault or chemical toilets (no flush facilities) are conveniently scattered throughout the park. Water is available from May - October with fees charged year-round.
Group Area: A shade ramada, with capacity for 50 persons, may be reserved for group use. For reservation information contact the Park Ranger Station, HC 64 Box 3, Caliente, NV 89008, or call (775) 726-3564.
Day-Use: The trail head for the Riparian area along Beaver Dam wash is currently being reconstructed after serious flood damage. However, access is still available on foot from Campground 1. Visitors may also picnic at any of the developed campsites, as available. A Day Use Fee must be paid for use of these facilities.
Fishing: Persons fishing must possess a valid Nevada fishing license with trout stamp.
Hiking: The Interpretive trail leads from campground Number 2 to the old lake overview and still commands and impressive view. Serious damage occurred to all other trails in the park during the recent flooding; repair work will begin during the 2005 summer season. Please check this website or call the park office for updated trails information.
Park Information: General information may be found on the entrance fee board. From May to October park staff provide visitor services. Due to the remote location, however, electrical and phone services are not available.
To make your visit and the visits of others more enjoyable, please observe the following rules:
*Firewood or other combustibles must be contained within the rims of grills or stoves provided with a maximum length of 22" for wooden materials to be burned. Firewood is available for a small donation. Occupants must remove all unburned materials when vacating site.
*Camping is allowed only in designated campsites.
*Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length. Pets are not allowed in park buildings or structures.
*All plants, animals, artifacts, rocks and mineral materials are protected by state law.
*Drive your vehicle only on approved routes of travel(see map), and park only in designated parking areas. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails in the park.
*A Nevada fishing license with a trout stamp is required for fishing within the park.
*Pack it in. pack it out.
There is no trash collection at Beaver Dam.
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