The glitzy hotels of Las Vegas really roll out the red carpet for their canine customers. On-site veterinary care, grooming services, 24-hour dog parks, special doggy menus — you name it, the entertainment capital of the world probably has it! (Except for dog-friendly slot machines. Bummer.)
But if you'd rather see another side of Sin City (and save a few bucks for the slot machines), skip the hotel and camp out at one of the top 10 dog-friendly campgrounds near Las Vegas.
Whether you want to stay in style at a fully outfitted RV park, or you're keen to swap the busy city streets for a night under the desert stars, we've got just the place for you and your pal.
Kicking off our list of the best dog-friendly campgrounds near Las Vegas is Red Rock Canyon Campground, a "pawpular" spot for experienced adventurers located just 20 miles from the Strip. What this campground lacks in mod-cons it more than makes up for in postcard-worthy panoramas of craggy peaks and desert terrain. The campground features 53 sites with vault toilets and drinking water. Keep your buddy on a six-foot leash while exploring the conservation area.
Combine the luxuries of a modern RV park with the serenity of a national park and you get Lake Mead RV Village. This full-service RV park within Lake Mead National Recreation Area, 30 miles east of Vegas, offers 115 sites and all the standard conveniences. No matter how you choose to explore this 1.5-million-acre expanse, your favorite camping companion can join in the fun (as long as they're on a six-foot leash).
The striking red sandstone outcrops at Valley of Fire State Park are a masterpiece millions of years in the making. Head 48 miles northeast of Sin City to experience these mystical formations. The park's 72 campsites come equipped with water and electric hookups, potable water, restrooms, and a dump station. Once you're settled, head out to explore the ancient trees and petroglyphs. Pups are welcome but must stay on a six-foot leash at all times.
Situated 40 miles northwest of downtown Vegas in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Hilltop Campground is a "grrreat" place to enjoy a quiet spell in nature. Hilltop's 35 tent and RV sites are set among dense forest, affording breathtaking views of the sprawling valley below. Two hiking trails and a visitors' center are located nearby. Only vault toilets, fire rings, and grills are available here, so remember to bring enough water for you and Fifi.
Camp out at Hole-in-the-Wall Campground and soak up sweeping vistas of the otherworldly red rock formations for which this part of the world is famous. Located two hours from Vegas, just across the Nevada-California state line in Mojave National Preserve, this scenic campground lures hounds and humans from far and wide. This cozy campground offers 35 primitive sites with basic amenities. Doggos are welcome, but bring plenty of water and warm clothes. Exercise caution while hiking.
Circus Circus is one of Sin City's most iconic hotels, and if you're searching for a place to glamp in the heart of the Strip, look no "further"! Take your pick of more than 170 sites which welcome big rigs with full hookups, then let Sparky stretch their legs at the off-leash area. Circus Circus even has a complimentary dog wash station in case your buddy gets a little muddy.
Boasting more than 470 full-service sites and two fenced dog runs, King's Row RV Park is the "pawfect" place to park the RV for a night or three. Its proximity to downtown Vegas makes it a convenient place to rest your paws. All the creature comforts are available here, including restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, and Wi-Fi. Extra perks include a rec hall and seasonal swimming pool. Contact the park with questions about the pet policy.
KOAs across the country happily welcome canine campers, and Las Vegas KOA at Sam's Town is no exception. This campground embodies all things Sin City, complete with its own casino, cinema, and bowling alley. Lassie will love letting loose in not one, but four on-site dog parks! Restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, and cable TV come standard. The year-round swimming pool and hot tub are sure to add a little luxury to your Vegas getaway.
Itching to escape the bright lights of Sin City? Steal away to McWilliams Campground, nestled in the beautiful woodlands of the Spring Mountains. Primitive camping is the name of the game here — flush restrooms and drinking water are the only amenities available here. At a head-spinning elevation of 8,600 feet, this 75-site campground provides a welcome reprieve from the desert heat. Pups and people "pawsitively" love this campground, so reservations are recommended.
Thousand Trails RV Park is a "furrific" place to round off our list of the best dog-friendly campgrounds near Las Vegas. Past visitors rave this park is very Fido-friendly, catering to the canines with a grassy dog park. Human campers have access to full-hookup sites, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and all the standard modern conveniences. This campground is located off a major highway not too far from the airport, so expect to hear some traffic noise.