The road into the Dave Deacon Campground boondocking area is Gravel and 7 miles from a paved road. The gates to Dave Deacon Campground are always open. There are 16-29 campsites available, and RVs 30 feet in length or longer are not permitted. At Dave Deacon Campground, your maximum stay is 8 days.
Arc Dome Wilderness trailhead for National Recreation Trail along Toiyabe Peak. The Toiyabe Crest Trail stretches for approximately 70 miles along the top of the Toiyabe Mountains, with more than 30 of those miles passing through the Arc Dome Wilderness. No class for 5 weeks.
The 50 or so miles of unpaved road leading in are still quite a ways from the nearest paved route. Columbine Campground will be available to guests beginning on May 1. These 1-5 sites may accommodate RVs up to 25 feet in length. The maximum length of stay at Columbine Campground is 14 days.
The Nevada Department of Wildlife oversees a free camping spot within the Wayne E. Kirch WMA known as the Dave Deacon Campground boondocking area (also known as Hot Creek). Twenty locations where physical boundaries are minimal. We have sites that can accommodate the largest RVs, complete with picnic tables and fire pits. Shade canopies are available on some. Facilities include a water source, outhouses, and a garbage dump, but no trash cans. Get away of here! Limit of 8 days.
The best way to get here is through planning ahead. There are signs pointing the way to the nearby campground and wildlife management area. It's not far from the Sunnyside rest stop to the exit. When you get there, you'll see some signs detailing the various leisure options.
Directions to the Dave Deacon Campground Boondocking Area:
From Ely: Take US6 south to NV318. Follow NV318 south for 60 miles or so to Kirch WMA. Follow well traveled/good condition (sometimes washboarded)gravel road to campground.
From Hiko head north on NV318 for 60 miles to Kirch WMA. Turn left on gravel road and continue to campground. Approximately 7 miles miles from NV318.