Nevada State Parks to start online reservations; Sand Harbor not offering reservations for now | South Lake Tahoe

Nevada State Parks to start online reservations; Sand Harbor not offering reservations for now | South Lake Tahoe

As people continue to turn to the outdoors as a vacation destination, Nevada State Parks has found the need to keep up with the growing demand. They have developed an online tool to make it easier for people to explore Nevada while ensuring responsible and sustainable management of the Silver State’s natural resources.

This new tool is ready for launch this September. Nevada State Parks will launch Reserve Nevada, a new online reservation system that will allow visitors to purchase day-use passes, reserve campsites and cabins, purchase annual passes and make special event reservations online . Once implemented, visitors can plan and schedule their Nevada State Park adventures in advance, knowing that their accommodations will be reserved for their visit.

They asked to have access to Sand Harbor State Park in Lake Tahoe in the reservation system, but that is not being offered at this time, as well as other popular day-use parks.

“Last year, nearly four million visitors explored Nevada’s 27 beautiful state parks. As outdoor recreation grows, our new online reservation system will make it easier than ever to discover the beauty of Nevada,” said Bob Mergell, Nevada State Park Administrator. “Nevada’s goal is to manage the operations of park and protect natural resources more efficiently through Reserve Nevada, and we expect our visitors and staff to appreciate the convenience of an online experience.”

The Nevada Reservation is scheduled to go live on September 1, 2023, with reservation sites to be phased in over time. The first park to take reservations will be Valley of Fire State Park in southern Nevada, followed by Colorado State Recreation Area’s Big Bend near Laughlin and Washoe Lake State Park near Reno in October. The rest of the reserved seats will be online by the end of the year. As part of a pilot program, Big Bend of the Colorado will require advance reservations for day use during a certain period of the day to help ease traffic congestion at the park entrance. After this time period, the park will open on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, other popular day-use parks, such as Sand Harbor State Park, will not offer reservations.

The booking system will follow a rolling 11-month window, with sites opening for booking at 8am in the afternoon. Online camping reservations must be made at least three days in advance; however, reservations are not required to stay at a Nevada State Park. Visitors are welcome to stay on unreserved sites on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.

For more information about Reserve Nevada and to read a list of frequently asked questions, visit

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