The Dirt: Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park



The Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park is located 20 miles East of the city of Gabbs, NV in the Shoshone Mountains. Open year-round, the park is rich with historical landmarks such as the mining ghost town of Berlin and the largest known remains of a 225 million-year-old Ichthyosaurus fossil, and offers a variety of hiking trails, campsites, and picnic areas. Equestrian use is not permitted within the state park boundaries. There are 14 camping units in the park, suitable for tents and RVs up to 25 feet, which include fire rings, grills, picnic tables, restrooms, and drinking water (available April through October). Day use areas are located by the Fossil House, which is ADA accessible. There are no designated ADA facilities located within the park, however many restrooms are ADA compliant and there is one available ADA compliant campsite.  Interpretive trails and historic buildings are unpaved and not easily accessible.

While OHV use is restricted to established roadways within the park, the surrounding areas give access to the larger Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest OHV trail network. The Berlin Canyon Trail is open for dirt bikes and runs 1.5 miles through the park. East Union Canyon Road is a 9-mile one-way trail close to the park open for OHV use. Do note however, that East Union Canyon road has trail damage about a mile east of the park boundary on USFS land, which may be impassable. Parking and staging areas are available closer to the town of Gabbs, which has limited amenities available.


From Fallon, Nevada take Highway 50 for 47 miles to Middlegate, Nevada. Turn right onto State Route 361 south for 30 miles until State Route 844 which can be taken 20 miles east to the park entrance.  The roadways are paved until the final eastern stretch which is a well-maintained dirt road.

Rules of the Road

Land Manager: Nevada Division of State Parks

Berlin Ichthyosaur is OHV friendly and allows access to the park and campground.  Riders are expected to obey posted speed limits and stick to established roads only which are clearly marked. Any off-roading within park boundaries will not be tolerated. 

For general OHV information and regulations, visit the USFS Website https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/OHV.

Always plan ahead and prepare for uncertainty. Travel with warm clothing, first aid, food, water and appropriate tools to fix a problem.

Traveling in groups is always a good idea, as well as informing someone of where you will be going.

  • Register Your Vehicle
  • Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a spark arrestor
  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Trail Users

Leave No Trace

Tread Lightly

Historic Preservation

Land Manager

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