Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground

Toiyabe + Monitor Range Area, Nevada

Start Exploring
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground


  • Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park entrance gate.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • Campground pay station.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • - Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • Each campsite has a covered picnic bench, fire pit and grill.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • Vault toilets and water spigots that occasionally work.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • Campground amphitheater.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • A trail leads from the campground to the ichthyosaur fossil shelter.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
  • Interpretive signs along the trail to the fossil shelter.- Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park Campground
Overview + Weather
Clear night skies.
No water.
Toiyabe + Monitor Range Area, NV
Managed by: 
Nevada State Parks
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Current Local Weather:
Campground Description

Campground Description

Pro Contributor

Berlin-Ichthyosaur Campground lies within the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, which contains the ruins of the old Union Mining District as well as a shelter hosting the fossils of the extinct ichthyosaurs that once swam here when the area lied at the bottom of the sea.

The campground itself is very no-frills and has 14 total sites, several of which are large enough for RVs up to 25 feet in length to pull through. Each campsite contains a covered picnic table, a grill, and a fire pit. The campground has two vault toilets and water spigots with an intermittent supply: the park lists as providing water between April and October each year; however, there was no water available in the campground at the time of this visit in May.

Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis at a rate of $17 per night. Surrounded by single-leaf pinyon, Utah juniper and Mormon tea, the campground enjoys limited use in all but the height of summer months due to the park's isolated location in the middle of the state. A small amphitheater sits on the lower end of the campground, while on the other end a short trail leads to the fossil shelter housing the ichthyosaur fossils.

An RV dump station lies away from the campground on the road back to the park's main entrance.

Due to weather, the dirt loop road through the campground can be rutted and rough, or muddy. The nearest services are located in the town of Gabbs, and the nearest sizeable grocery store is located in the town of Tonopah, so come prepared. 

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Adventures

(1 within a 30 mile radius)

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
5 Members
Who's Done It
6 Members
Submission by
Pro Contributor
385 Adventures Explored
385 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info