Snowplay Information
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Snowplay Activities

Winter visitors in the Mt. Charleston area have the opportunity for all kinds of wintertime recreation! Snowshoeing, sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, and winter wildlife watching are just a few of the things you can do in the winter. You can also go tubing or ski & snowboard at the Lee Canyon Ski Area in Lee Canyon.

Snowplay is often best on weekdays and during the early morning on weekends. Traffic and parking congestion due to limited space is a frequent occurrence on weekends, and road closures often occur by noon.  

Where to Play in the Snow

Lee Canyon (HWY 156) is your best option. This is the 2nd Mt. Charleston exit from US95 North. The best places are Foxtail Picnic Area and Old Mill Picnic Area, which are fee areas that have bathrooms and parking. Other open places include the Lee Meadows, Sawmill Picnic Area, Bristlecone Trail for snowshoe hiking, and various pullouts on Deer Creek Highway (HWY 158) and Lee Canyon Road (HWY 156). Foxtail Picnic Area will open for snow play on weekends when there are 12 inches or more of snow. 

Kyle Canyon (the first Mt. Charleston exit from US95) does not have many snow play areas and very limited parking, though Kyle Picnic Area and Fletcher View Campground (fee areas) may be open for day use as weather permits.

Visit our Area Conditions page for details and fees

Parking is available on designated pull offs along Deer Creek Highway (HWY 158) and Lee Canyon Road (HWY 156). All wheels must be to the right of the white line (fog line) to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Illegally parked vehicles can be fined and towed. No parking is allowed along Kyle Canyon Road (HWY 157) past Fletcher View Campground, except in designated areas. Please follow "No Parking" restrictions and be mindful that parking is limited during the winter.

Public Restrooms
Restroom facilities are located at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway in Kyle Canyon, as well as open picnic areas and campgrounds.

Roads are generally in good condition. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended but are not necessarily needed (especially if the roads are dry). Snow chains and four-wheel-drive are required when snow storms hit the mountain, so come prepared. Check  for road conditions before you head out.

Some snow play areas are free but are often very crowded with limited parking. Each of the campgrounds and picnic areas that are open are $5/person. Parking at the Lee Canyon Ski Area is $5/day or $20 for the season.

Food & Gas
Food is available at the Mt. Charleston Lodge, Mt. Charleston Resort, and the Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort. There are NO gas stations, so start with a full tank.

Pets must be kept on a leash. Please clean up after your pets.

Please put trash in designated cans or dumpsters or please take it with you. Trash cans and dumpsters can be found at the Visitor Center Parking Lot, Lee Meadows, Sawmill Picnic Area and certain pullouts on Lee Canyon Road. Keeping the Mt. Charleston area clean is makes a difference for other visitors, residents and wildlife.

Snow Play Safety: Don't Be a Faceplant Chipmunk!

Snow Play Safety Tips

    • Sled only in open areas without trees & fences
    • Do not sled near roads
    • Sled on snow that is at least 12 inches deep
    • Consider wearing a helmet
    • Always sled feet-first
    • Do not make ramps
    • Do not leave broken sleds or other trash behind
    • Be aware of others so you do not run into them
    • No snow play on private or "closed" areas
    • Be respectful and mindful of winter wildlife


Check before you go!
Winter storms can be very dangerous in the mountains.

Click here to check the weather forecast.

Click here to check the road conditions. 
Zoom in on southern Nevada to see conditions on Highways 156, 157, & 158.


Want more out of your Snow Play experience?

 Stop at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway in Kyle Canyon for maps, supplies, and condition updates.

Volunteer: Our Snow Hosts provide information to visitors for their snow play experiences. Click here for more details.