Government Wash Dispersed Camping


Government Wash is a dispersed camping area located in the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. It’s a great location for anyone who wants to visit Las Vegas but doesn’t want to stay in the hustle and bustle of the city. The area is located approximately 45minutes outside the strip and is a great place to boondock for any van lifer.


Las Vegas is always a fun place to visit, but I usually don’t like staying in the city. Government wash allows you the opportunity to boondock while being close to the Vegas action. 

This area does get SUPER HOT in the summer so the best time to visit is from October to May. 


You are allowed to boondock at Government Wash for up to 14 days. There is plenty of campsites to choose from. There is a parking lot at the entrance to the camping area that has toilets and a dumpster to use.

You can walk to the shore of Lake Mead and enjoy some fishing. However, this is getting more difficult as the water level recedes. 

It’s not the most glamourous boondocking location, but it’s close to vegas. There is a fee to enter the Lake Mead Recreational Area, so it’s not entirely free. The area does accept the national park pass, America the Beautiful.

It’s a privilege to have Government Wash Dispersed Camping for our enjoyment, so please practice Leave No Trace principles.

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