Description - Echo Canyon is situated at the head of Dry Valley, one in a series of valleys along Meadow Valley Wash. Although part of the Colorado River watershed, the park's environment is typical of the Great Basin desert and riparian life zones.
The reservoir attracts a variety of waterfowl and shore birds. Pinyon and Juniper are the predominant native trees in the park. Volcanic activity 45 to 125 million years ago formed many of the rock outcrops visible in the park today.
- The beautiful scenery is the primary attraction to the park but Echo Canyon also offers a 65-acre reservoir with a campground, picnic area, group use facilities and boat launch. Facilities include:
Campground: The campground has 33 campsites open on a first-come, first-served basis. Drinking water is available near each site. Other campground facilities include flush toilets and an RV dump station. A camping limit of 14 days in a 30 day period is strictly enforced.
Group Area: A group picnic area accommodates up to 70 people. It offers shade ramadas, barbecue grills, picnic tables, comfort station and drinking water. Visitors may reserve the facility by calling or writing the park office.
Trails: The Ash Canyon trail leads into the park's back country and a vast area for exploration. The 2.5 mile trail begins in the upper campground, climbs 800 feet in 1/3 mile to the valley rim, and descends into Ash Canyon. It joins the highway in Rose Valley near the eastern park entrance, and returns to the campground through Echo Canyon. A brochure providing brief descriptions of natural features along the trail is keyed to numbered posts along the route.
Picnic Areas: Picnic tables and barbecue grills are located at six sites along the reservoir's shore.
Boat Launch: The boat launch ramp is located on the north shore of the reservoir. When the reservoir level drops during the summer, boats must be launched from shore.
Recreation - The park is popular for camping, fishing, hiking, bird-watching, and enjoying the beautiful scenery of eastern Nevada. The 65-acre reservoir is stocked with rainbow trout. Other fish include largemouth bass and crappie, and an occasional German brown trout. The 1080-acre park is open year round. Visitors may purchase gas, groceries and fishing licenses in Pioche.
Climate - The climate of the area is arid, with hot summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures range from 85°F at midday to 54°F at night. Rainfall is variable and thunderstorms are common. Although the park is open year-round, visitors should be aware of colder temperatures and occasional snow in winter months.
Echo Canyon State Park is located 12 miles east of Pioche, via State Routes 322 and 323, and is only about 12 miles from the Nevada-Utah border. The park ranges from an elevation of 5,200 feet to 5,600 feet.