When your family includes one or more four-legged “kids,” it can sometimes be difficult (though not impossible) to find hotels and motels with enough space to permit the entire family to stay at a reasonable cost. This is why there are so many wonderful campsites located within an hour or so from Las Vegas that welcome pets as well as the rest of the clan to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors. Just be prepared to keep them on leashes and in control at all times. Please note: pets may not be left tied up and unattended. All state parks charge an entry fee as well as a camping fee, so please come prepared.
Willow Beach Campground And RV Park
25804 N. Willow Beach Road
Willow Beach, AZ 86045
(928) 767-4747.

Willow Beach is located within 45 minutes of the Las Vegas Strip, offering scenic views of the Colorado River, Black Canyon and the mountains and distant desert vistas. You can enjoy hiking, boating (at the marina) and more just minutes from this RV park and campground, and yes, pets are welcome as part of the family. Tent sites accommodate two tents per site with no more than six people at each site. There is a laundry, shower facility, fire rings, picnic tables, a fishing pier and launch ramp. This campground welcomes two pets per site, and they must be on a leash that is no longer than six feet in length. They must be attended at all times and may not be tied outside and left unattended. Dogs, cats and fish are permitted, but not exotic or farm animals. If dogs persist in howling or barking, you may be asked to leave the campground in order to keep the peace at this establishment.

Charleston Peak RV Park
3810 Winery Road
Pahrump, NV, 89048
(702) 430-7252

Nestled in the mountains sits the Charleston Peak RV Park, where quiet campgrounds have flushing toilets, a swimming pool and a welcome atmosphere for well-behaved pets. There is the restaurant at the Winery as well as barbecue sites and fire pits to accommodate campers with pets and families. Just please remember to keep pets on a short leash at all times and clean up after them in consideration of other campers.

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Lake Mead/Lake Mojave
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-8907

There is a variety of campsites and RV stations around Lake Mead/Lake Mojave. Some are first come/first served; others may be reserved through the concessioners. Boulder Beach is a true primitive campground best visited from October through May, reasonably close to the water with faucets scattered throughout. The camp is filled with eucalyptus trees which offer ample shade. Most sites are able to accommodate RVs up to 28 feet, but there are no hook-ups. Some sites have BBQ or fire pits and most have tables, with bathrooms provided. During the heat of the summer, you may want to consider bringing the RV so you have some relief with air conditioning, otherwise it would really be too hot to be comfortable. At that time of year, you may prefer to stay at the Lake Shore Trailer Village where hook-ups are provided. Pets on leashes are welcome at most of the campgrounds on these lakes.

Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton, NV 89040
(702) 397-2088

Valley of Fire is one of the most beautiful parks in Nevada. At sunrise and sunset, the rocks glow a fiery red because of the colorful sandstone hills formed during the days of the dinosaur. Camping is suggested in spring and fall, due to the extreme heat in the summer and the cold nights in winter. There are sites for camping and for RVs which may extend your camping season (as long as you have a/c in your units). Pets are welcome on a short six-foot leash and may enjoy the walking and hiking trails on nature walks with the family. They are not permitted inside the visitor’s center. This park practices water conservation and asks that trash be collected in the provided receptacles.

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