Atlatl Rock Campground

Valley of Fire State Park

Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, Nevada

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Atlatl Rock Campground

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  • The scenic surroundings of Atlatl Rock Campground present unlimited photo opportunities.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • Atlatl Rock Campground.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • Many sites are large with electric and water hookups.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • Smaller tent sites are up close to the rocks.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • This stairway and viewing platform provide great access to the petroglyphs.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • These petroglyps are estimated to be about 3,000 years old!- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • Set in the shadow of the rocks, the campground feels isolated and quiet.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • The outer section of the loop is dedicated to RV hook up sites.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • The scenery around the campground is jaw dropping.- Atlatl  Rock Campground
  • - Atlatl  Rock Campground
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredibly scenic. Close to park features. Some electric/water hookups.
Cons: 
High demand. First-come, first-served only.
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Region:
Las Vegas + Southern Nevada, NV
Managed by: 
Nevada State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Reservations possible: 
No
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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There are two campgrounds in Valley of Fire State Park, Arch Rock and Atlatl Rock, and Atlatl Rock is is the best choice for larger RVs. Both campgrounds are situated around a cluster of large red rock formations about two miles from the visitor center in one direction and two miles from the east entrance in the other. Half (22) of the sites have electric and water hook ups and are generally larger, including some very large pull-through sites and sites that could accommodate several vehicles. There are several car camping tent sites and three walk-in tent camping sites at this campground as well.

The most striking feature of this campground is the scenery. Every site has views of the surrounding red rocks, the distant mountains, and the beautiful desert landscape that lies between. Some sites back right up to the rocks and others on the far side of the loop have more distant views. Circling around the campground loops is a two-mile scenic loop drive that is partly paved and partly maintained gravel. This drive really should be walked because it winds very close to outstanding rock formations that just cry out to be explored, climbed, and photographed. Adjacent to Atlatl Rock Campground is Atlatl Rock itself, which is inscribed with very well-preserved petroglyphs. A long metal stairway leads to a platform dozens of feet above ground level where the petroglyphs can be seen up close. 

As this is a very popular campground and they do not take reservations, plan to arrive well before noon mid-week during the busy seasons (spring and fall) to get a space. Sites with electric and water hookups are particularly in demand and go quickly. As a side note, BLM land is just outside the park borders, and dispersed camping in vehicles is allowed if a campsite in the park is not available.

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