Kershaw-Ryan State Park can be found in a sandstone canyon in Nevada, providing a flash of green in an otherwise barren area. Commonly called the "Oasis of the Southern Desert," this park contains natural springs that support wild grape vines that visitors are allowed to pick and eat if they're feeling adventurous. Wild horses and deer are commonly spotted, and fishers can occasionally be seen dotting the shoreline.
Overnight visitors can enjoy any of the 15 spots on the campgrounds here, all of which are adjacent to coin-operated showers, public restrooms, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. Bookings can be made for up to a maximum of seven days in a row. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the campgrounds with you, provided you keep them leashed up during your stay and make sure that they don't bother other guests.
For backpackers and day hikers, there are 1.5-miles of trails that provide several scenic overlooks to guests. Due to the diversity of wildlife contained here, guests should always be cautious of both animals and shifting weather patterns. Rattlesnakes are always a concern, so stay alert in cool, shady areas where they like to hang out.
Weather patterns have been known to shift pretty rapidly in Kershaw-Ryan State Park, causing multiple flash floods and the washing out of trails. Guests would be wise to check the weather before planning their visit, or by skipping the hike altogether if the skies are ominous. Park visitors can feel free to bring their dogs with them on hiking expeditions, provided they're kept on a leash and visitors clean up any messes that they might leave behind.
Swimming is offered here via Kershaw Pond. It's generally unsupervised, so guests swim at their own risks. In the early 2000s, a children's wading pool was built just off of the shore, providing a safe space for young ones to splash around. Canines are welcome to keep their owners company as they enjoy the shoreline, but are unfortunately barred from entering the waters.