Sheldon NWR - Badger Dispersed Camping

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The road into the Sheldon NWR - Badger Dispersed Camping area is dirt and gavel. The Sheldon National Wildlife Refgue dispersed camping is allowed only in designated dispersed camping areas. Most of these only have minimal amenities except for the campground at Virgin Valley which has a wide range of amenities. You cannot make a reservation for this site but there is usually plenty of space for everyone. This is one of the best places to photography Pronghorn Antelope in a natural habitat.

The American pronghorn was designated as a threatened species in 1931, prompting the creation of Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge. Fish, wildlife, and vegetation native to this secluded part of the Great Basin can all be found within the Refuge's boundaries.

With the purchase of more than 34,000 acres of the Last Chance Ranch by the Audubon Society and the Boone & Crockett Club in 1931, the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge was born. A national antelope refuge was established there afterwards. The Charles Sheldon Antelope Range, comprising about 540,000 acres, was established in 1936. They eventually merged into a single National Wildlife Refuge.

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to get away from it all in northwest Nevada, where you may relax in warm springs and explore the area's many hidden gems. Rolling hills of sagebrush and mountain mahogany conceal narrow valleys and abundant springs, and the area is rich in both historic and natural riches.

Management:
Forest Ranger Department Fish & Wildlife
Information:
Location Information Popup Campers, RVs, Tents Allowed, Trailers
Amenities:
RV Parking, Tent Camping Allowed
Activities:
Hiking Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Wildlife Viewing
Pad Type:
Pad Type Gravel, None

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Dispersed Camping and Boondocking

1. Sheldon NWR – Virgin Valley Campground

Sage Brush Rd
Denio, Nevada 89404
41.85804, -119.00095

Virgin Valley campground is accessible year-round. There you will find pit toilets, drinking water, a warm springs pool and a rustic shower house. All other campgrounds are primitive; none have potable water and only some have pit toilets. Road access to these other camping areas may be impassable seasonally.

2. Sheldon NWR – West Rock Spring

34A
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.896805, -119.365425
Elevation: 6381′

3. Sheldon NWR – North Hell Creek

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.774909, -119.272224
Elevation: 6155′

4. Sheldon NWR – Little Catnip Spring

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.903303, -119.436002
Elevation: 5965′

5. Sheldon NWR – Gooch Spring

Nevada 8A
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.867921, -119.282695
Elevation: 6043′

6. Sheldon NWR – Wheeler Spring

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.608842, -119.347602
Elevation: 688

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Dispersed Camping and Boondocking

7. Sheldon NWR – East Rock Spring

Unnamed Road
Winnemucca, Nevada
GPS: 41.674369, -119.048717
Elevation: 6109′

8. Sheldon NWR – Devaney

Unnamed Road
Winnemucca, Nevada
GPS: 41.696876, -119.167406
Elevation: 5984′

9. Sheldon NWR – Cottonwood Creek

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.592487, -119.304713
Elevation: 6050′

10. Sheldon NWR – Catnip Reservoir

State Route 34A
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.912922, -119.459754
Elevation: 5791′

11. Sheldon NWR – Big Spring Reservoir

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.929005, -119.172702
Elevation: 5515′

12. Sheldon NWR – Bateman Spring

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.607793, -119.245112
Elevation: 6047′

13. Sheldon NWR – Badger

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
GPS: 41.649029, -119.30786
Elevation: 6070′

14. Sheldon NWR – Wheeler Spring Dispersed Camping

Unnamed Road
Denio, Nevada
41.608842, -119.347602
Elevation: 63347′

Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge Dispersed Camping and Boondocking