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Lookout Campground, CA

Photo: Lookout Campground
Status: Open through Thu Oct 15 2015   Season Dates


Lookout Campground is located on the California/Nevada border just west of Reno, Nevada. It sits at an elevation of 6,770 feet in a large aspen grove. It is not a highly developed campground, but it is considered a secret hideaway by those lucky enough to know about this remote gem.

Natural Features:

Visitors to this campground will be surrounded by a lush aspen, pine, and fir forest. Sites are well spaced to afford visitors plenty of privacy.


Adjacent to the campground is 'Crystal Peak', which can be accessed by vehicle or a short hike. This area is also popular for off-highway vehicles, wildlife viewing, and hunting opportunities.


This campground has 17 first-come, first-served campsites (including two double sites) and one reservable group picnic area that can accommodate up to 100 people. Each campsite has a picnic table, fire ring, grill, and tent pad. There are four vault toilets and trash service. There are no electric hookups and no dump stations. Trailers and RVs should be limited to 15 feet in length (however, two sites could accommodate up to 30 foot lengths). To ensure that campfires are extinguished completely, there is non-potable water available on site (no drinking water available). Please bring your own firewood as none is available on site.

Nearby Attractions:

Crystal Peak is known for its impressive crystal formations. Dog Valley and Peavine Mountain are popular off-highway vehicle and mountain biking areas. The American Discovery Trail also runs through this area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • BBQ Grills
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fire Rings/Grills
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Picnicking
  • Host
  • Tent Pads
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
Caution: Bears may be present in the area; be aware, keep a clean camp, store all food items in closed containers.
All sites are on a first-come, first-served basis except the group day use site which must be reserved 48 hours in advance.
Bring your own water for drinking.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Help prevent the spread of tree-killing pests in our national forests by obtaining firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
39.5889, -120.07361
39°35'20"N, 120°4'25"W

From Truckee, CA travel east on I-80. Take Exit 2 toward Verdi, NV. Turn right on 3rd St./US 40. Travel 1 mile then turn left on Bridge St. From Reno, NV travel west on I-80. Take Exit 5 toward Verdi, NV/State Route 425. Stay on Route 425 for 2.5 miles. Turn right on Bridge St. NOTE: Bridge Street has 2 one lane bridges with a maximum allowable height of 13 feet. Travel 0.6 miles on Bridge St, then turn right on Dog Valley Road. This road will turn into a dirt forest road (Road #002). Travel 7.2 miles. This road can be rough and often develops washboards. It can be navigated with 2-wheel drive (although low clearance vehicles are not recommended). Continue to follow signs to campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Lookout Campground
1536 South Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada  CA  89701

Phone Number:

Information:  (775) 882-2766
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