Angel Lake Campground is run by Scenic Canyons Recreational Services — and for $16 plus a white-knuckled ride up a mountain, this might be the most scenic campground in Nevada.

That's us.

That’s us.

Located in Wells, Nevada, Angel Lake is right next to the Nevada-Utah border, in the beautiful Humbolt Mountain Range.

Our campsite is somewhere up there in the snow.

Our campsite is somewhere up there in the snow.

The road to the campground is 231, right off route 80 in the town of Wells. There’s an Angel Lake RV Park at the base of the hill if you don’t feel you have the horsepower to make it all the way up. There’s also Angel Creek campground about half way up the mountain. Personally, we wouldn’t take a trailer bigger than ours up to the top — there are only two campsites we saw that were big enough for us, the road around the campsite is really narrow and generally you just have to be very sure of your tow vehicle. The 12 mile road varied from an 8% grade to a 10% grade and took us up to 8400 ft. It took us 45 minutes to get to the top and we tried to keep it under 4000 rpms.

Deke keeping a watchful eye on the rpms.

Deke keeping a watchful eye on the rpms.

— the truck never made it past second gear.

 

The start of the drive. Looks easy enough.

The start of the drive. Looks easy enough.

There aren’t really any other photos of us going up the road — mostly because I wasn’t looking.

There are about 20 spots at the campsite, and only two or three big enough for a 27ft Airstream– most were tent spots — so I would definitely recommend making a reservation.

I think we had the best view of the bigger spots, but the tent spot next to us had the best view in the park -- #14.

I think we had the best view of the bigger spots, but the tent spot next to us had the best view in the park — #14.

The lake at the top!

The lake at the top!

For the way down, Deke did a little research regarding brakes getting too hot and burning up, but the way down was smooth as could be. We really wish we had time to stay here longer, but I think we’ll make it back at some point.

Pano action.

Pano action.