Echo Canyon State Park

Highway 93 by State routes 322 and 323
Pioche, NV 89043


Camp, fish, hike and enjoy the beautiful Eastern Nevada scenery at Echo Canyon State Park. Echo Canyon State Park offers a 35-acre reservoir with a campground, picnic area, group use facilities and boat launch. Abundant wildlife, a wide variety of native plants and unique rock formations make exploration a favorite activity. The park is three hours north of Las Vegas, off Highway 93 by State routes 322 and 323. It is 12 miles east of Pioche and is about 12 miles from the Nevada-Utah border.

Thousand year old pictographs, stone flakes and pottery represent the legacy of a people called the Fremont. Evidence suggests that the Fremont used these lands for hunting and gathering, but the lack of permanent housing structures indicates that they occupied the land only seasonally; probably moving to a more temperate climate in the winter months.

Fremont pottery is a thin-walled gray ware classified by both the technique used to harden the clay and the type or lack of decoration. One such pot, found near the steel bridge, has been identified as Snake Valley pottery and confirms the presence of Fremont in the area from around 900 to 1100 C.E. This pot is on display in the Park Visitor Center at the entrance to Cathedral Gorge State Park in Panaca.

The first permanent settlers in this area were farmers and ranchers who came to Dry Valley in the late 1870s.

Agriculture continues to be an important factor in Lincoln County’s economy and was the reason for the construction of Echo Canyon Dam. Today, the alfalfa growing in the fields below the dam is the valley’s primary crop. Built in 1969-70, the dam was developed by Lincoln County for water storage and flood control with a side benefit of water-based recreation. After completion of the campground and group-use area, the Division of State Parks assumed operations in 1970.

The 65-acre reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout by the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Other fish include largemouth bass and crappie and an occasional German brown trout. The 1800-acre park is open year round. Visitors may purchase gas, groceries and fishing licenses in Pioche.

Facilities & Amenities:

Camping: The north campground has 33 campsites open on a first-come, first-served basis. Drinking water is available near each site. The RV campground has 20 full hook-up sites situated on a hill overlooking Dry Valley. Campground facilities include flush toilets and an RV dump station. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30-day period is enforced.

Group Area: A group picnic area accommodates up to 70 people. The area offers shade ramadas, barbecue grills, picnic tables, a comfort station and drinking water. Visitors may reserve the facility by calling or writing the park office.

Picnicking: Picnic tables and barbecue grills are located at six sites along the reservoir’s shore.

Boat Launch: The boat launch ramp is located on the north shore of the reservoir. When the reservoir level drops during the summer, boats must be launched from shore..

Hiking: The Ash Canyon trail leads into the park’s backcountry. The 2.5-mile trail begins in the upper campground, climbs 300 feet in 1/3 of a mile to the valley rim, and then descends into the dramatic steep-sided walls of Ash Canyon. It joins the highway in Rose Valley near the eastern park entrance and returns to the campground via the paved road through Echo Canyon.

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