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 & 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 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
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.
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 http://www.safetravelusa.com/nv/ 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 have fees that vary, and are listed on the Area Conditions page. Parking at the Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort is $5/day or $20 for the season.
Snow Play Safety: Don't Be a Faceplant Chipmunk!
Snow Play Safety Tips
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 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.