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Snowplay Information

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 Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon.

Snowplay is often best on weekdays and during the morning on weekends. Traffic and parking congestion due to limited space is a frequent occurrence on weekends.  

Printable Snow Play Map

Where to Play in the Snow

Lee Canyon (HWY 156) is your best option. This is the 2nd Mt. Charleston exit from US95 North. 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 when there is 12 inches or more of snow.

Kyle Canyon (the first Mt. Chrleston 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.

Parking
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 Center, MCWilliams Campground, and Sawmill Picnic Area.

Roads
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 http://www.safetravelusa.com/nv/  for road conditions before you head out.

Fees
Some snow play areas are free but are often very crowded with limited parking. Each of the campgrounds and picnic areas that are open have fees that vary, most being $10 or $15 per day. Parking at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is $5/day or $20 for the season.

Our guided Snowshoe Hikes are $10 per person for a 2 hour guided hike and equipment rental.


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

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

Trash
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 important and respectful towards 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 snow storms can be very dangerous up in the Spring Mountains. Before you head out to enjoy the snow, please check the weather and the roads!

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?

Learn:
 Stop at the Spring Mountains Visitor Center 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.