The Best Free Campground Near Great Basin National Park

We stayed at Sacramento Pass Recreation Area in October 2020

Our Previous Stop: Free Boondocking By The Bonneville Salt Flats & Wendover

Our Next Stop: Utah

Campground Info

Location: 39.1215, -114.3049
Cost: Free
Camping Limit: 14 Day
Amenities: Fire Pit, Grill, Pavillion, Picnic Table, Vault Toilets, & Dumpsters

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Essentials Nearby

Town: Baker, NV 13 miles
Gas Station: Baker Sinclair13 miles
Dump Station & Potable Water: Great Basin National Park Dump Station18 miles ($5, Potable Water & Dumpsters Available) Open From May-October Weather Permitting
Grocery Store: Anderson’s Food Town (Ely, NV) – 49 miles

Cell Phone Service

Verizon – None
AT&T – 1 Bar LTE

Nearby Attractions

Great Basin National Park – 18 miles
West Wendover, NV – 168 miles
Bryce Canyon National Park – 197 miles
Zion National Park – 208 miles

Entrance sign at Sacramento Pass Recreation Area Equestrian Trailhead & Free Campground

Free Camping At Sacramento Pass Recreation Area Near Great Basin National Park

The free campground at Sacramento Pass Recreation Area near Great Basin National Park is made up of 10 official campsites. Each campsite is big rig/RV friendly and all of them have a fire ring, a grill, and a picnic table. Seven of those ten campsites have large pavilions and are pull-throughs.

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When you first enter the Sacramento Pass campground there is a large parking area. This is where the main vault toilets, dumpsters, and information sign is located. It’s also the first access point to the pond located in the center of the main camping area.

Main vault toilets with large parking area in the background.

The dumpsters were full when we were there but free garbage disposal is a very rare amenities at free campgrounds and it’s greatly appreciated.

Full dumpsters at the Sacramento Pass Free Campground near Great Basin National Park

If all the campsites are taken when you get to Sacramento Pass you can park in this parking lot to spend the night. There is even a small unofficial campsite with a picnic table on the western side where some people camped for the night.

When you enter the parking lot you want to go to the right, this will take you to the first 6 pull-through campsites.

First 6 campsites at Sacramento Pass Recreation Area

You can see in the picture above that the first part of the campground is right next to the road. It was a little noisy at times when a semi would pass by but for the most part, it was quiet. The first campsites are fairly close together but there is a large group camping area at the very end of the loop that is a little further away from the others.

Large group campsite at the first part of the Sacramento Pass Recreation Area Campground.

The pond is in the center of the first camping loop and it can be accessed from any campsite.


There was handicap access to the water and you are allowed to fish in it with a Nevada fishing license.

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There is also a second camping loop in this campground. The second loop is accessed from the first loop. It’s about a mile down a dirt road and is more private than the first area. It’s also the more equestrian friendly part because there is a corral there. It’s also where the equestrian trailhead is located.

The first and second camping loops in the Sacramento Pass Free Campground.

You can see how the Sacramento Pass Recreation Area Campground is set up in the picture above.

Second camping loop at the Sacramento Pass Recreation Area near Great Basin National Park.

The second loop is much smaller than the first with only one pull-through site in the center and 3 back-in campsites around the edge. Every site here is still big rig friendly but it’s the more popular place to camp since it’s further from the main road. You may not get a site here but the dirt road to it is well maintained and it’s still worth checking out.

There are no dumpsters in this loop but there are two vault toilets and the horse corral in the center.

Amazing night sky at Sacramento Pass Campground near Great Basin National Park.

My Camping Review Of Sacramento Pass Recreation Area

Although the first loop is right next to the main road the Sacramento Pass Recreation Area is still peaceful and a great place to camp for a few days. It’s not often you get so many amenities in a free campground and the area is beautiful. You can even see the top of Wheeler Peak which is the tallest mountain peak in Great Basin National Park.

This area has one of the darkest skies in America and you can clearly see the Milky Way at night. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many stars, most places have some sort of light pollution but Baker, NV is so far away from any large towns or cities the night sky is very dark and only lit up by stars.

The campsites are a little closer together than I would like but you still get your own space and most of them are level which is a huge bonus for people who camp in RVs or trailers.

You aren’t far from Baker, NV, and Great Basin National Park which makes Sacramento Pass the perfect place to camp while you explore the park.

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Great Basin National Park is free to visit and there are some amazing hikes you can do as well as the Lehman Caves Tour.

We weren’t able to get any cell service with Verizon even with our booster but AT&T had one bar of LTE which was slow but usable.

The town of Baker Nevada is small but there is a gas station and some small restaurants. The local grocery store seemed to be closed when we were there in October 2020. I don’t know if it’s a seasonal thing or if the store was closed for good. Just in case, make sure you get any groceries or supplies you may need for camping here in a larger town like Ely, Nevada before driving to Sacramento Pass or Baker, Nevada.

We would definitely camp here again. It’s a great place to stay when visiting Great Basin National Park and it’s one of the most beautiful free campgrounds in Nevada.

Have any questions about camping at Sacramento Pass Recreation Area near Great Basin National Park? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

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