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Old 03-20-2010, 07:39 AM   #1
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Boondocking sites along I-80 in Nevada?

Anyone know of any boondocking sites along I-80 across Nevada? or highway 50 in Nevada?


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Old 03-20-2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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If you're looking for sites near the highways, I would go with highway 50. I-80 tends to have a lot of crazies on it these days. There's a nice F.S. campground outside Austin, Bob Scott I think, and another on further east a BLM campground at Hickison Summit with a short petroglyph trail taking off from the campground. UNR published a great "auto-tour" book of highway 50 a couple years ago, you can probably find it at Sundance bookstore.

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Old 03-20-2010, 11:49 AM   #3
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I'll check it out.
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Old 03-20-2010, 12:49 PM   #4
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We've taken US 50 across Nevada many times and it is preferable to the interstate in our opinion. There are a several books on the "Loneliest Road" that should have information on developed sites. There are a few roadside picnic areas that may work plus lots of empty land. The sand dunes somewhere along the western part of 50 may also work, though we've never gone to see them. They are supposed to "sing" when the wind is right and it looks like people with RV's do go there to camp.

There are campsites at Great Basin NP in eastern Nevada just off 50. In Utah, 50 goes through even more empty land until you get to the Delta area. There may be boondocking along Sevier Lake since it is usually dry. I don't know if the sand will suck you in though.

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Old 04-08-2010, 10:47 AM   #5
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I concure with bigern, take Hwy 50. I have taken 50 several times, the Bob Scott campground outside of Austin is good, Great Basin National Park is a real winner, go to the National Park web site to learn more, it has about 4 campsites, one on the desert floor is world famous for star gazing. Stop in Austin and Eurkea to polk around, interesting stops, and the people are friendly if your not in a hurry, but can converse.
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:14 PM   #6
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If you like Hot and Bright evenings

West Wendover, Nevada. Casino parking lots. The evening lights can probably charge your battery without a solar panel. The heat will cause your hair to grow curly. The vehicles coming out of the Salt Flats will drop pounds of salt around your formerly "flawless" Airstream. Free and miserable.

Austin, Nevada has great ice cream on the west side of town. There is a camp ground on the west side of the mountain to the south... ask in town.

Goldfield, Nevada has... just keep going.

Great Basin National Park on Highway 50 has a great cave tour at Lehman Caves, excellent camping facilities and cooler than the desert. Worth stopping!

Alpine lake is high and cool with excellent camping facilities. Cannot recall where along I-80, but to the southwest a few miles from whatever town that I cannot recall...

I would give you more information, but my Nevada Atlas with notes has not been used for some time and I cannot find it!
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I recommend rt 50 also, one of the most enjoyable drives ever. We stopped at a petroglyph site about halfway across, can't recall the name but it is marked on the map. It was free and we ended up staying 3 days it was so peaceful.
Also great basin has an excellent cave tour. We had trouble finding a level campsite but it may have been the campground we were in.
We were through there in 2008 before the Bozeman rally.
We used I 80 part of the way back from Reno before turning north and it was not nearly as interesting

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