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Trailer Village FAQ


The National Park Service (NPS) Development Concept Plan for Katherine Landing and Cottonwood Cove Marina addresses the phasing out of the long-term exclusive use of  Trailer Villages. Under the terms of the new lease at Cottonwood Cove Marina and in accordance with the NPS Development Plan, the trailers and personal property shall be removed from the property upon termination of the rental agreement or at the end of Year 19 of the lease, December 31, 2043. As the Trailer Village is phased out, the concessioner can convert these sites to short-term RV sites or other concessioner-managed overnight accommodations open to all visitors.


Trailer Village may be allowed to stay for 19 years from the start of the lease on January 1, 2024. During this time as owners sell or remove their trailers, Trailer Village will be converted from long-term to short-term lodging. By the end of 2043, all trailers must be removed from the property and properly disposed of by the owner of the trailer.


The National Park Service recognizes the significant philanthropic and stewardship contributions provided by the Trailer Village visitors. The visitors also have an impact on the local economy. Despite these benefits, the National Park Service has long recognized that the long-term trailer sites represent a private exclusive use of federal land that is not necessary or appropriate to the enjoyment of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. As a unit of the National Park System, Lake Mead is trusted to provide services and facilities for the visiting public at large.


Trailers can only be sold up until December 31, 2028, to buyers already on the wait list, with Guest Services having first right of refusal. Anyone purchasing a trailer by December 31, 2028, may occupy that trailer as prescribed in the National Park Service Trailer Village Standards through the end of 2043 according to the same rules and regulations in the NPS Trailer Village Standards.
Starting January 1, 2029, a trailer can no longer be sold to a buyer who wants to continue to keep it at Cottonwood Cove. Any sale of a trailer to a party other than Guest Services requires the new owner to remove the trailer within 30 days of the sale.


Yes, an appraisal is needed if the trailer is sold prior to January 1, 2029.


Guest Services may be interested in purchasing your trailer for use as motel lodging. Contact the administration office for details. Please note that there is no guarantee that Guest Services will purchase your trailer.


After December 31, 2028, trailers may be sold to another party with the condition that the trailer will be removed from Cottonwood Cove at the seller’s or buyer’s expense within 30 days of the sale. Buyers purchasing after December 31, 2028, will not be allowed to occupy the trailer. It must be removed within 30 days of the sale from Cottonwood Cove.


Yes, owners can remove their trailers at any time at their own expense. As a reminder, all trailers must be removed or sold to Guest Services no later than December 31, 2043.


Yes, owners can arrange for Guest Services or an NPS-authorized company to dismantle and remove the trailer. Contact the Administrative Office for more information.


Yes, you may replace your trailer with another if it complies with the NPS Trailer Village Standards.


Yes, if you are currently on the inheritance list you will still be allowed to inherit and occupy the trailer up until December 31, 2043, as long as you comply with the NPS Trailer Village Standards.


If you inherit the trailer, you will be allowed to sell the trailer to Guest Services or a buyer on the wait list up until December 31, 2028. Starting January 1, 2029, a trailer can no longer be sold to a buyer who wants to continue to keep it at Cottonwood Cove. Any sale of a trailer to a party other than Guest Services after January 1, 2029, requires the new owner to remove the trailer from Cottonwood Cove within 30 days of the sale.


Yes, all Trailer Village Standards must be followed by the current owner, an inherited owner, or any buyer of the trailer. If you do not have a current copy of the Trailer Village Standards, please contact the Administrative Office.


Yes, the Trailer Village Standard addressing how many days a tenant may occupy their trailer does not change.


Occupancy of a trailer within a concessioner-operated visitor Trailer Village is limited to 180 days in a consecutive twelve-month period. Occupancy in excess of 180 days is considered to be residency and is prohibited.


Yes, rents will continue to increase annually to keep pace with fair market values and inflation.


Once dry storage has been renovated, no boats, cars, trailers, RVs may be stored on your trailer site when you are not in occupancy. However, after the dry storage renovation is completed, you will be allowed to store one UTV, golf cart, or ATV on your trailer site while not in occupancy.


By December 2026 the dry storage area will be upgraded to include covered storage for approximately 50 boats. At the marina 74 existing slips will be covered and an additional 46 covered slips will be added.

Cottonwood Cove Redevelopment Press Release