Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

State Park Fee


Clear night skies.


No water.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Managed by

Nevada State Parks


ADA accessible
Historically significant
Vault toilet
Picnic tables
Covered picnic areas


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