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Status: Open through Sat Oct 10 2015   Season Dates


Ward Mountain Recreation Area and Campground sits in the shadow of its namesake, just 10 miles southwest from the city of Ely, in eastern Nevada. It sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet. Many trails are available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Natural Features:

Ward Mountain is the highest point in the Egan Range, topping out near 10,800 feet. The campground is well below the summit, but sits high above the desert floor below. A forest of pinyon pine and juniper trees covers the area, offering partial shade and privacy between campsites.


Ward Mountain and the surrounding area offers miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Many of the trails offer scenic views of the surrounding high desert terrain.


This campground offers several single-family campsites, double-family campsites and three large group sites that can accommodate up to 100 or more people. Multiple access points for trails are found throughout the campground with the main trailhead located at the eastern most side.
All campsites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire rings and grills. Vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided, but there is no electricity. A campground host is on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

Comins Lake is about 13 miles from the campground offering boating and pike fishing. Cave Lake State Park is less than 20 miles away, with opportunities for boating and fishing for rainbow and brown trout.
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park is 26 miles away, with interesting historic stone ovens and an interpretive trail. The Northern Nevada Railway in Ely has a museum and offers train rides. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce for more information on local events and sites.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Trails
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Birding
  • Campfire Circles
  • Day Use Area
  • Drinking Water
  • Event Area
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • RV Parking
  • Self Pay Station
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Utility hookups are not available
  • Off-highway vehicles (ATVs, motorcycles, and side-by-sides) are only allowed on the main campground road
  • Additional first-come, first-serve campsites may be available within the campground
  • 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):
39.21245, -114.96759
39°12'45"N, 114°58'3"W

From Ely, travel south on Highway 6 for 10 miles. Turn left just before Murray Summit, at the sign for the recreation area.

From Las Vegas, travel north on Highway 93 for about 86 miles, to the junction with State Route 318. Follow State Route 318 north for 124 miles, to Murray Summit. Turn right at the sign for the recreation area.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ELY  NV  89301

Phone Number:

Information:  (775)289-3031
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