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Cave Lake State Park

Open 24/7 365 days a year, this park has everything to offer from hiking and watersports in the summer to snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter. 
Trail Uses
Walking Hiking Mountain biking Horseback riding Cross-country skiing Paddling Motorized watercraft
White Pine County
14.80 miles (Network)
Easiest, Easy, Moderate, Difficult
Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Sand, Boardwalk
Permitted on Leash
Wilderness Areas
High Schells Wilderness Area
Other Activities
Dirt Biking ATV Riding UTV/Jeep Driving Snowmobiling


Cave Lake State Park surrounds a 32-acre reservoir, making it a popular place for for boating, fishing, and swimming. There are many options for hiking, mountain biking, and camping. The American Discovery Trail can be accessed by Cave Lake, making the state park a great place to camp and explore for a few days. It is also a great place to depart from to join up with the rest of the Schell Creek OHV system in White Pine County.

Due to the high elevation, mule deer, bobcats and coyotes frequent the area. Follow old game trails in the hills and you might just spot one of these amazing animals! As you’re exploring the hillsides keep your eyes open for large predatory birds such as hawks and eagles. 

Summertime temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees; in the winter the daytime highs range from 30 to 40 degrees with nights sometimes dropping to 30 below zero.

A visit in winter offers plenty to do such as ice fishing, cross country skiing, and ice skating. Each year the White Pine Fire and Ice Festival is held here making this a must-do on anyone’s winter bucket list! In the winter this park opens up a system of snowmobile trails. These are usually open from December to February, assuming there is enough snow during the season.

Other Information

Nevada State Parks has switched to a reservation system. Check the requirements for camping here!

There is a fee to enter the park. It has campsites, restrooms and other amenities. 

Camping is first come first serve and sites are equipped with fire pits, a picnic table and parking. Group campsites can be reserved via email. Showers and flush toilets are available while the campground is open. 

A license is required for both hunting and fishing on State Park property.

View additional information about Cave Lake State Park on the Travel Nevada website.
View information on the connecting Schell Creek OHV Trail System.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Nevada State Parks Cake Lake website, or contact:

Nevada State Parks - Cave Lake

Nevada State Parks - Cave Lake
P.O Box 151761
Phone: 775-728-8100
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US Forest Service - Ely Ranger District Office

US Forest Service - Ely Ranger District Office
825 Avenue E
Phone: (775) 289-3031
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Trailhead Information

From downtown Ely, head south on US-50 to NV-486 (Success Summit Road) on the left, 7.6 miles from US-50's junction with US-93 in the center of Ely. Look for the brown sign with directional arrows pointing to Steptoe Creek, Cave Lake, and Success Loop at the head of Success Summit Road. Continue on this road for 6.4 miles to the park entrance on the right.

The Cave Springs trailhead can be found at the lower parking lot. The Cave Lake Overlook trailhead begins at the east end of the lake. The Twisted Pines trailhead begin just below Elk Flat campground and connects to the Overlook and High Roller Trails. The Steptoe Creek Trail is accessed from this same trailhead as well as from additional points along NV-486.

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