The Great Basin National Heritage Area in White Pine County, Nevada, and Millard County, Utah, is a hidden paradise for the outdoors enthusiast. With hundreds of miles of ATV trails and campgrounds spattered across the region, find your next adventure in the rugged expanse of the Heritage Area.
*This area is a very remote region with limited services and spotty cell service. Please be knowledgeable and prepared prior to embarking on your adventure.
Illipah Reservoir was first created in 1953 when Illipah Creek was impounded for irrigation purposes. Rainbow trout are stocked twice annually by Nevada Department of Wildlife, and a self-sustaining population of brown trout currently inhabit the reservoir. Good fishing can be found year around but peaks in the spring and fall. Mid-winter ice fishing (December through February) can also be good. Boats are allowed (electric motors only) but are not essential as many fish are captured from shore. Exploring the nearby ghost town of Hamilton and the extensive road network are popular summer activities in the area. Things to note: 15 campsites suitable for large trailers and RVs. Grills, picnic tables, and shade structures are available at most of the sites. Restrooms are available, but no potable water. Trash cans are provided. Restrictions: Hunting/shooting is not allowed within developed recreation sites. Elevation 6,840 feet.
Ward Mountain Recreation Area and Campground sits in the shadow of its namesake, just 10 miles southwest of Ely, Nevada. It sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet. Many trails are available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. This campground offers single-family campsites and three large group sites that can accommodate up to 100 or more people. Multiple access points for trails are found throughout the campground with the main trailhead located at the eastern most side. All campsites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings and grills. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there is no electricity. A campground host is on-site. Ward Mountain is the highest point in the Egan Range, topping out near 10,800 feet. The campground is well below the summit, but sits high above the desert floor below. A forest of pinyon pine and juniper trees covers the area, offering partial shade and privacy between campsites.
Cave Lake State Park offers two designated campgrounds: Elk Flat Campground and Lake View Campground. All sites are level and include a fire pit with grill, table and parking. Both campgrounds have showers and flush toilets. Access roads to campsites are unpaved. The camping limit is seven days in a 30-day period and is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is one group site for day use and one camping group site in each campground.
Sacramento Pass Recreation Area is centrally located on the crest of the Snake Range with Weaver Creek basin and Great Basin National Park for a backdrop. A network of two-track roads allows hikers, bicyclists, horseback riders and OHV enthusiasts a chance to explore some beautiful country and see some historic mining ruins. Across the highway to the north is Blackhorse Mining District, a ghost town still has remains to explore. To the west, the Historic Osceola Town Site, still an active mining community, has unique mining equipment present. Things to note: 3 trail loops (closed to motorized use) of various lengths: 6.5 miles total meander through the unique quartzite rock formations. There is one equestrian signed trail: 6 miles one way that extends into Weaver Creek basin and into the National Park, the trail is open to all uses. At the lower campground there is a small pond for fishing. This pond is stocked with trout from the nearby Spring Creek Fish Hatchery. Other amenities include picnic tables, grills, shade structures, trash cans and restrooms. No potable water. Camping available in 10 sites with a 14-day limit.
There are five developed campgrounds in Great Basin National Park: Grey Cliffs, Baker Creek, Lower Lehman Creek, Upper Lehman Creek, and Wheeler Peak. All campsites include a tent pad, picnic table, and fire ring. Campgrounds have pit toilets. Potable water is available in the summer months. In addition to the developed campgrounds, there are several primitive campsites (no water) along Snake Creek Road.
Adelaide Campground is located within Fishlake National Forest, just outside of Kanosh, UT. The campground features several individual use sites, which are first come first serve, as well as a large group site that is available by reservation. Fish for trout in Corn Creek, hike or bike along the trails nearby, access the Paiute ATV trail, or simply rest in the shade of the cottonwood trees. In addition to camp sites, there is a picnic shelter available for day trippers. Vault toilets and potable water are available, but there are no electric, water, or sewer hook-ups. This campground is open seasonally, and sometimes the water is shut off, so call ahead to check current conditions.
Maple Grove is located in Fishlake National Forest, outside of Scipio, UT. The campground sits at the base of red cliffs and offers sweeping views of the valley. Plenty of trees provide ample shade, and Ivie Creek runs though the campground. Rock Canyon Trail is good for hiking, and rainbow trout can be fished in the creek. There are three group sites available for reservation; all other sites are first come first serve. Vault toilets and potable water are available, but there are no electric, water, or sewer hook-ups. This campground is open seasonally, and sometimes the water is shut off, so call ahead to check current conditions.
Maple Hollow Campground is located in Fishlake National Forest about seven and a half miles east of Holden, Utah. The campground facilities include tables, fire rings, water, and vault toilets. This campground is open seasonally and offers an excellent base camp for hiking and OHV riding.
Oak Creek Campground is located within Fishlake National Forest in the Oak Creek Canyon. Oak Creek offers campers a chance to fish and cool off in the summer. With ample shade and access to off-road vehicle trails in the canyon, this campground is a great place to spend a few summer days. Four sites are available for reservation; the rest are first come, first serve. Vault toilets and potable water are available, but there are no electric, water, or sewer hook-ups. This campground is open seasonally, and sometimes the water is shut off, so call ahead to check current conditions.