Pahrump, NV is sixty miles outside of Las Vegas and extremely popular with RVers. Ask any RV enthusiast you come across if they’ve been to Pahrump or at least know about it, and the majority of them will say, “of course I know Pahrump. It’s a great little town!” Many non-RVers often ask why do RVers love Pahrump? Where is Pahrump? What’s the draw? The answers are simple.
This town is RV friendly and has stunning RV parks
Pahrump is an extreme RV friendly town. There are eight beautiful public RV parks, totaling 1111 spaces, including three with the highest 10-10-10 rating from Good Sam, and… the rates are reasonable whether you stay for a few days or a few months. An added bonus is beyond a 30-day stay; you no longer pay room tax.
There are also some private parks, such as Escapees found here as well, so if you belong to a membership park, be sure to check it out and see if there’s one located here.
The townspeople are familiar with the needs of RVers, and many local businesses cater to them. Returning visitors get to know the locals and are treated like long lost friends when they return.
Pahrump Valley is nestled among the mountains and surrounded by the beauty of the Mojave Desert. The weather is mild in the winter…perfect for winter visitors or snowbirds.
When you stay in Pahrump, you are located in rural Nevada, but don’t worry… if you want action… you’re only an hour away from Las Vegas, which has big city amenities and is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World.
When you finish a day of city-life, you can return to the quiet solitude of the country to lay back, relax, and enjoy the small-town hospitality. It’s close proximity to Las Vegas makes Pahrump the perfect place to stay while checking out Sin City without sitting in the middle of the hubbub. The drive between Pahrump and Vegas is beautiful as well.
What is there for RVers to do in Pahrump?
The list of things to do while you’re here is extensive. Located halfway between Las Vegas and Death Valley National Park, you have the best of both worlds. Pahrump is a natural home base for Death Valley jaunts, just as it is for Las Vegas. There are some RV sites in the National Park, but limited hookups. It’s mostly dry camping. When you stay in Pahrump, you’re only 60 miles away and an easy day trip to Death Valley. You can make several trips to the National Park during your stay and not have to try to see it all in one day…which is impossible. It’s an enormous park with loads to experience. You don’t want to rush it.
Other places to explore in the area include:
- China Ranch (a date ranch)
- Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
- Red Rock National Conservation Area
- Valley of Fire State Park
- Hoover Dam
If you’re a fan of four-wheeling, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many places there are to go off-highway driving, whether you’re in a jeep, side by side, ATV, or off-road motorcycle there’s plenty to explore. Pahrump is becoming the OHV capital of Nevada.
Off-roading, not your style? There are ample hiking areas as well. If you prefer bicycling, then you’re only a little over an hour away from Spicer Ranch Trail in Beatty, NV, which hosts a series of mountain bike trails.
Participate in fun festivals throughout the year
Whether you are a snowbird and stay long term, or if you’re just spending a few days with us, try to plan your visit to coincide with one of our local festivals throughout the year.
Here are some of the festivals you can look forward to (dates are approximate):
- Fall Festival in September
- PDOP Pumpkin Days in October
- Pahrump Valley Winery Grape Stomp in October
- Pahrump Taco Fest in October
- Pahrump Social Powwow in November
- Community tree lighting in December
- Pahrump Hot Air Balloon Festival in February (this date may change to later in the year)
- Silver State and Nevada State Chili Cook-offs in March
- Pahrump Wild West Extravaganza in May
Neighboring towns have their own festivals too. Beatty Days, Jim Butler Days in Tonopah, and Shoshone Old West Days, just to name a few.
Visit the wineries while you’re here
In what could be the start of the Wine Country in Nevada, Pahrump already has two award-winning wineries with more to come. Pahrump Valley Winery not only has a tasting room and gift shop, but they also offer Symphony’s Restaurant, which is an upscale restaurant with white table linen, delicious continental food, and of course, fine wine. Perfect place for that special occasion. This winery is also home to the annual grape stomp in the fall.
Wine Ridge RV Resort and Cottages is right next door to Pahrump Valley Winery, which offers a total of 150 spaces, including RV spots and the rental cottages.
Sanders Family Winery is also home to award-winning wine and has an excellent tasting room where you can taste for free. On weekends from April through October, enjoy entertainment in the courtyard outside the renaissance style Tucson Villa. Bring your own food (occasionally they have a food truck available), purchase some wine inside, and then take pleasure in listening to the singers and watching a variety of performers that come up from Las Vegas or are local. It’s a beautiful night out under the stars.
Sanders Family Winery also participates in the Harvest Host Membership program, which offers a free overnight RV stay (dry camp) to members. You can come in and taste some samples, purchase some wine, or anything else from their well-stocked gift shop and not have to worry about driving anywhere for the night. They are the only Harvest Host in town.
If you prefer beer over wine, then you’re in luck. There are two breweries in Tecopa (near China Ranch), which is only about 40 minutes away, Death Valley Brewing and Tecopa Brewing Company.
If golf is your thing… you’ll love it here
Located in Pahrump are two exquisite golf courses. Designed by the Jack Nicklaus Design Group and Cal Olson, Mountain Falls Golf Club, commonly called Nevada’s Desert Jewel, can be found at the south end of town. As described on their website:
“No overseeding also means we can attach the word ‘lucky’ to describe our golfers, too. No closures, no moist conditions, no cart path only signs. Our all-rye fairways mean Mountain Falls looks and functions great… all year-round.”
Sitting near the tenth tee, overlooking the pond, you’ll find the Grill Room, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner Friday through Sunday, and lunch and dinner daily. The Grill Room is used for special events as well.
For those of you who prefer a shorter game of golf, the 18-hole Lake View Executive Golf Course awaits you. With five par 4’s and thirteen par 3’s, the game is faster, and many say more affordable. Mountain views from every hole make it even more enjoyable.
If you want to shoot your lowest round of golf, you can always go to the Furnace Creek Golf Course at Death Valley. It sits at 214 feet below sea level and is the world’s lowest elevation golf course. Although the temperature can reach well above 110°F in the summer, the rest of the year, the temperatures are quite comfortable.
Additional “to do’s” in Pahrump
If you are a model aviator and brought along your remote-controlled plane, you can check out the Pahrump Valley Model Aviators.
Like to quilt? There are two quilting clubs in Pahrump, and both are very active. They host the Shadow Mountain Quilters quilt show in town every year. There is also a Quilts of Valor organization, which presents personal, handmade quilts to Veterans in thanks for their service.
Many other arts and crafts shows take place throughout the year. There’s an organization or club for just about any activity you can think of. Whether you work with gourds, photography, glass, jewelry, baking, painting, and most other hobbies you may have, they are most likely represented here and love to have out-of-town visitors join them when they can.
Enjoy horseback riding? Become a cowboy for a day at Sandy Valley Ranch. Into history? The Pahrump Valley Museum tells you the whole story of the town and its beginnings through displays of local artifacts. It also houses an informational exhibit on the Nevada National Security Site (Nevada Test Site). You can book a tour of the site that starts in Las Vegas. The Pahrump Community Library is active in the community as well and offers classes and speakers on a variety of subjects.
Whatever your interests… Pahrump has something for you
Every year, Pahrump has a booth at the big RV extravaganza in Quartzsite, AZ. We have all kinds of information about our town to hand out and help educate the attending RVers on what Pahrump has to offer. Over the last two years, the number of swag bags given out went from 5,000 to 6,000. RVers are definitely discovering Pahrump.
It’s time for you to visit and explore the many things our town has to offer RVers. If you can’t find the organized group you’re seeking, ask around to other RVers or ask the camp hosts or park management. They can help you find what you want.
Or you can just settle in, put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the beauty and solitude of the surrounding area. Who knows… you may even be visited by the wild horses or burros in the area.
Many former RVers come back to settle here when they finish RVing around the country. Or they come back and make this their home base but continue to travel. They return because they remember the friendly people, the mild weather, and the laidback atmosphere of our small town.