General Information

A uniquely beautiful space set aside to encourage you to experience something sacred!

Our History

Through the efforts of the First Methodist Church of Las Vegas, a lease was signed in 1958 for a BLM land patent agreement for a parcel of land to be used for  recreational purposes by the Methodist Churches of Clark County, Nevada. In 1959, a bunkhouse was purchased from the Union Pacific Railroad; it was dismantled and hauled up to Potosi and has served as the lodge and dining hall  ever since then. In 1972, the Potosi Camp committee enlisted Peter and Beth Sarles to be volunteer caretakers at the camp and meant they even had to provide their own living quarters. During this time, Southern Nevada was part of the Southern California UM Conference; it wasn’t until 1985 that Potosi Pines became part of the Desert Southwest Conference. The first two sleeping cabins were funded and built by local UM churches, dedicated in 1979 and by 1984. In 1993, other local churches built an additional 3 cabins, a bath house, and an outdoor chapel. In 2002, the retreat center was finished, built with funds from the Conference Bold in Christ Campaign. This retreat center meets ADA standards and other  modifications have been made to make the dining hall and other areas accessible as well.

Potosi Pines Camp & Retreat Center is located on Mt. Potosi Canyon Rd., just off of NV State Rd. 160, about 30 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas. For detailed directions, please visit here.

Inclusivity at Potosi Pines
In following the example of Christ and the declarations of The United Methodist Book of Discipline, the Desert Southwest Conference sees all persons as individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons, regardless of age, gender or gender-identity, ethnicity, race, ability, marital status, or sexual orientation are entitled to participate in our ministries, as well as be protected against intimidation or abuse.

Click here for our Full Inclusivity Statement.

DSC Program Goals & Objectives
DSC Camp & Retreat Ministries desires to help renew lives through God; Click here to see our detailed goals and objectives for camper development across all programs at our camps!

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