Scout Campground

Fort Churchill State Historic Park

Western Nevada, Nevada

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Scout Campground


  • A self-pay station marks the entrance to Scout Campground.- Scout Campground
  • Slightly off the beaten path, and without the care and amenities of other camping options closer to the state park, Scout Campground is a good choice for those looking for a more private and rugged camping locale.- Scout Campground
  • Stairway access to the Carson River.- Scout Campground
  • Some sites in the campground don't have much in the way of shade.- Scout Campground
  • A lone vault toilet serves the campground.- Scout Campground
  • Shady sites beneath the trees are the prime spots.- Scout Campground
  • A nature trail parallels the river, cutting through the campground and leading to other areas of interest in either direction.- Scout Campground
  • A typical site at Scout Campground.- Scout Campground
  • Horse pens make this a good spot for equestrians exploring the river trail.- Scout Campground
  • The Carson River.- Scout Campground
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Nature trail access.
Very unpolished feel. Single vault toilet.
Western Nevada, NV
Managed by: 
Nevada State Parks
Price per night (basic site): 
15.00 $ (12.59 €)
Rarely full
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Maximum trailer length: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Reservations possible: 
Total number of sites: 
Current Local Weather:
Campground Description

Campground Description

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Scout Camp is a rough secondary campground that is part of Fort Churchill State Historic Park. The dusty horse camp offers tent camping beneath large shade trees above the banks of the Carson River. 

With 11 spread out, unnumbered sites, each containing some combination of an uncovered picnic table and fire pit, Scout Camp makes a good camp if you're looking to get away from the crowds and the more easily-accessible Buckland Campground inside the core area of the historic park.

Scout Camp offers no amenities aside from a single vault toilet. There are river access points, a nature trail that parallels the Carson River to Buckland Station, and horse pens for overnight equestrian use.

Sites are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, with the $15 nightly camp fee payable at the self-pay station at the campground's entrance.

Reaching Scout Camp by car requires driving down a roughly rutted dirt road for about 1 mile and should not be attempted by passenger vehicles following wet periods.

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