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Basic Information

Location: Hilltop Campground is located within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Headquarters, which is the largest U.S. national forest outside of Alaska. The campground itself is near Las Vegas in Nevada, situated in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, commonly known as Mount Charleston.

Elevation: The campground is at an elevation of approximately 8,400 feet, offering a cooler temperature compared to the surrounding desert areas, especially during the summer months.

Amenities and Facilities

Campground Facilities:

  • Picnic Tables: Each site usually includes a picnic table.
  • Fire Rings: With grills for campfires and cooking.
  • Toilets: Vault toilets are typically available, without flush systems.
  • Water: Drinking water may be accessible, but availability can vary; verify current conditions before visiting.

No Hookups: Hilltop Campground does not offer electric, water, or sewer hookups for RVs.

Garbage: Pack it in, pack it out rule is generally enforced, with campers expected to take all their trash with them when they leave.


Hiking: The area around Hilltop Campground is a popular destination for hiking, with trails that suit various skill levels.

Wildlife Watching: Nature enthusiasts may enjoy bird watching and the opportunity to observe the local wildlife in their natural habitat.

Photography: The breathtaking scenery of the high elevation, forested environment makes for excellent photography opportunities.

Reservations and Fees

Reservations: Camping spots at Hilltop Campground may need to be reserved in advance, especially during the peak season. Sites can be booked through a national reservation system like Recreation.gov.

Fees: There is typically a nightly fee for camping. It's wise to check the current rates as they can change with the season or due to forest service policies.

Access and Regulations

Roads: Access roads to the campground can be narrow and winding. During certain times of the year, particularly winter, road conditions may require chains or four-wheel drive.

Pets: Pets are usually permitted but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Fire Restrictions: Depending on the season and current conditions, fire restrictions may be in place. Always check for the latest information before starting a campfire.

Stay Limit: The campground generally enforces a maximum stay limit, often around 14 days.

Special Considerations

Altitude Sickness: Due to the high elevation, visitors should be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take appropriate precautions.

Weather: Weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, with cold nights even in summer. Campers should be prepared for various conditions.

Wilderness Safety: It is important to practice wilderness safety, including proper food storage to discourage visits from bears and other wildlife.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information, it is recommended to contact the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Headquarters or visit the official Forest Service website before planning your trip to Hilltop Campground.

Phone: The Forest Service office can provide current information and should be contacted for the latest conditions and regulations.

Website: Their website is another valuable resource for regulations, alerts, and tips for a successful camping experience at Hilltop Campground.

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