Moon Rocks (BLM) | Wild Camping

United States

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Verified:
about 2 months ago
Altitude:
1384.1 masl
Website:
None

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
Yes - Slow
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
No
Toilets:
No
Big Rig Friendly:
Yes
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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Huge ATV playground with numerous spots to stay with fire pits. Approx. 30 minutes outside Reno. AT&T and Verizon service is available, we worked remote in this location. The rocks are an interesting feature.

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Wanted to leave a review since there hasn’t been one in a while. It is a longer drive down a dirt road but it’s pretty smooth, just took it slow. This is a unique spot, natural rock formations are cool and it’s fun to walk around and up the rocks. We found a flat spot at the front of the rocks facing out towards the fields/mountains. Be careful of sand! We did fine with fwd. Very little people out here. We stayed during the week, so no atv action. We did have a man come up to our van and ask us how long we would be staying and he gave us a history of the place. Said he was a “blm volunteer”. Have never heard of that in 2 full time years of vanlife ?? but he was nice. Think he might’ve been a self appointed volunteer. The next guy that came up on an atv, waved me out of the van and started asking questions about the starlink (which got good signal btw). Felt like these were locals monitoring the area? Not sure but it was kind of weird. We only stayed 2 nights, but it’s blm and there are specified camping areas so we knew we were good to be here. Next- this time of year the grasshoppers are INSANE. They are massive and come out as a huge group in the afternoons, stay til dinner then disappear and do the same thing the next day. They hop around like frogs but they are scared of humans. Was something else though! Overall glad we came to check this area out.

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long drive down a dirt road and the ATVs come out early on a Saturday. OK in a pinch

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It is heartbreaking to see the heavy amount of damage done to these beautiful rocks because of the ATV’s and careless souls. So much trash - glass beer bottles, cigarette butts, gloves, food wrappers - and incessant buzzing of OHV’s and dust everywhere on a Monday afternoon. I left after an hour ~ I would skip this place.

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Ok. I wanted to get out of the woods.... so I sure did that! I'm at the North Reno ORV recreation area....BLM Land aka Moon Rocks. Pretty cool area. Tons of off road trails. Not too crowded. BLM manages much of the land around here....100s of square miles it looks like on the mapping I saw, but I decided to just stay here, instead of going crazy looking for something more remote.....I had quite enough off roading for the day...campendium reviews are wrong or misleading in many ways...so if you plan on visiting here...take note. Reviews said this place had excellent vzw and att coverage. Nope! I drove around here for a good 45 minutes, checking out many spots, this spot was the only spot with VZW...tried higher, lower spots..etc.... Max speed test clocked in at 8.2 mbps download 3 up....and it is spotty. Att is max 2 mbps and VERY spotty. 2nd.... unless you have a 4x4 or just feeling a little spunky....do not enter like I did from the NW from Rt. 395/red rocks road. Take 395 all the way around to the south to pick up Rt. 445 North. The route I took... Google will first try to take you into Moon Rocks via a dead end road (thanks google!....30 minutes wasted). Next route in is bird springs rd off N. Red Rock road.....unfortunately I took it. There was an official BLM sign etc...so I figured why not! However... I was wondering why a couple guys in a 4x4 pulling out looked very confused and started to snicker at me turning in. Sketchist access road I've ever took my rig down. Not even close. Must have rained recently cause it was a muddy mess in many spots, deep ruts, washouts, where dry...very soft sand etc... I didn't think I was going to make it a few times.....but I just kept my momentum going, tried to stay high, said a couple hail Mary's and prayed the road would not get any worse. Well I made it....I do have a ton of off road driving experience....but in a capable vehicle... but it came in handy for sure.. Just a few minor battle scars and my rig is absolutely filthy now. Campendium gave access 4 or 5 stars....so that must be when coming from the south. But in the end it was worth it and it was actually kind of fun....got my adrenaline pumped up for sure. Nice spot. Free for the usual 14 days. No services. Beautiful Views for miles. A few off road guys here, not many, but I can see this place being a zoo on weekends, but now it's very nice.

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2wd fine. Lots of camp spots with fire rings. Service 2 bars. Other people camping and riding atv. Nice spot.

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Huge ATV playground with numerous spots to stay with fire pits. Approx. 30 minutes outside Reno. AT&T and Verizon service is available, we worked remote in this location. The rocks are an interesting feature.

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