Desert Creek Campground, Wellington, NV

Bridgeport Ranger District

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Free Camping Near Wellington, NV

Desert Creek Campground is a free, developed campground offered by Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Located along Desert Creek Rd (NF-027 on Google Map), the campground sits about 14 miles south of the town of Wellington. There are six sites for trailers and RVs, and about a dozen more for cars and tents.


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Bridgeport Ranger District

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

District Office

Tel: (760) 932-7070

Official campground webpage


GPS: 38.6212, -119.3402

Elevation: 6,309 feet

Reservations: First come, first served

Camping Fee: None

Permit: None

Max stay: 14 days

Amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, vault toilets

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Camping at Desert Creek Campground

Desert Creek Campground is a remote camping experience located on Desert Creek. Partial shade is by Jeffrey and Lodgepole pines. Fishing in Desert Creek for stocked rainbow, brown and brook trout.

It’s a popular base camp for ATV users due to the miles of backroads in this area. No trash service in the campground means you must pack out your trash.

Access to the campground is along Desert Creek Rd, a well-packed, dirt road with lots of rocks, creating a bumpy ride. 4WD is not required, and you don’t necessarily need high clearance, just go it slow and steer around the rocks. However, during the wetter season you will want 4WD to help you get through the few places where Desert Creek crosses over the road.

As for towing trailers into Desert Creek Campground, it’s doable, but expect stuff in your trailer to get tossed around. The road is narrow in many places with trees and brush creeping over the road.

1 thought on “Desert Creek Campground, Wellington, NV”

  1. This was a nice campground 15 or 20 years ago but atv’s, utv’s, side by sides etc. have pulverized the soil on the road, causing wind and water erosion and leaving large rocks sticking out of the road bed. On the south end of the road the cattle guard which was once even with the road surface now is 6 inches above the road due to erosion. It’s best traversed with a high clearance 4wd vehicle. I used to travel the road frequently but won’t even use it now.


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