You will fall in love with Nevada, especially if you are a rock hound. Nevada is well known for it’s rich deposits of precious metals, and semi-precious stones. There are huge treasures of turquoise and other minerals in and around it’s ghost towns and abandoned mines, and free for the taking. It is well known in its mineral and metal production all around the world, and is famous for producing the most brilliant semi-precious stones. One example, there is free BLM boondocking at Garnet Hill, near the town of Ely, with garnets scattered on the ground.
You can gather amazing memories if you really want to explore the world of ancient fossils, at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. These “Loch Ness monster” like marine dinosaurs lived in a warm inland sea, which covered the state of Nevada 225 million years ago. Visitors from all over the world come to see the park’s Fossil House. A nature trail goes between the Fossil House to the free RV campground.
If you like spectacular rock formations, no need to leave the state of Nevada! The Valley of Fire is just 58 miles Northeast of Las Vegas, near the town of Overton. The Valley of Fire is the oldest Nevada State Park, dedicated in 1935. The Valley of Fire was named for the mind blowing red sandstone rock formations. These were formed from the great, red shifting sand dunes, more than 150 million years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs. This area was sacred to the Native Americans living in the rich, Moapa Valley, and they have left numerous petroglyphs etched in the red sandstone of the Valley of Fire.
Nevada also has many, many ghost towns, relics of it’s mining past. Nevada can be the most amazing experience for those who see the world from a different perspective. It is not uncommon to happen upon long forgotten log cabins, dry rotted miner’s shacks, and rusting Model A cars, in long forgotten hamlets along the amazing network of dirt roads.
We usually see the pictures of mountains covered with snow, red stone rocks, and glass topped lakes. Nevada is a very unique place to visit, where everyone can find something interesting, it contains all those imaginative landscapes. There is also an amazing wild life experience, with big horn sheep, wild horses, donkeys, antelope, deer, and cattle freely roaming the landscape. Although it is primarily a mild desert, the landscape of Nevada offers many beautiful wild flowers and animals, as well as pockets of deep forests. The climate remains hot during summer and very cold during winters. Mountains remain covered with snow during winters; the name Nevada means “snowy”.
The state of Nevada has more BLM land than any other state, providing hundreds of camping opportunites, both in Northern and Southern Nevada boondocking.