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Water Canyon Recreation Area

Northern Nevada Basin, Nevada

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  • Entering Water Canyon Recreation Area.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • Water Canyon Recreation Area is located in a dry, high desert with plenty of exposure.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • There are several campsites and picnic areas with sun and shade.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • Primitive camping includes picnic tables, grills and/or fire rings.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • Rock features break up the rolling, grassy hills on either side of the recreation area.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • Late afternoon brings comfortable shade to the hot desert.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • It may look dry from a distance, but a small stream snakes through Water Canyon near most of the camp and picnic sites.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • The riparian area is rare in this desert environment, and trees and shrubs harbor a number of bird types like woodpeckers, quail, and meadowlarks.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
  • Clean pit toilets are available throughout the park.- Water Canyon Recreation Area
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Pros: 
Easy access from Winemucca. Shade trees.
Cons: 
Three-day camping limit.
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Region:
Northern Nevada Basin, NV
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Water Canyon is an oasis in an otherwise dry and dusty desert. Located just a few miles from Winemucca, it offers convenient access to trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Sunshades and clusters of cottonwood trees provide shade on even the hottest of summer days. With several primitive campsites spaced out along Water Canyon's main road, there are opportunities for individuals and small groups to experience a quick and quiet getaway in one of Nevada's beautiful wild places.

The best time to visit Water Canyon is between spring and fall, when the roads are dry and clear of snow. The dirt roads can be difficult or impossible to drive on when wet, and all roads leading from the main road are four-wheel drive only. Roads and trails in the lower part of the canyon, however, are easily accessed by basic passenger cars.

While visiting the canyon, keep your eyes and ears open for wildlife. Watch for California quail scurrying from shrub to shrub. Listen for the drumming of woodpeckers hunting for bugs in the cottonwood trees. And be alert for mule deer crossing the road around dusk. The desert is surprisingly vibrant with hardy plants and animals. Travel slowly and quietly for your best chance at glimpsing more secretive creatures like rattlesnakes, lizards and badgers.

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