SMNRA COVID-19 CLOSURE UPDATE AS OF 05/20/2020

PHASE 1 UPDATE: The Forest will be evaluating activities to follow the governors updates in the safest way possible. In the meantime, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest asks the public not to travel to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area due to overcrowding

LINK: What you need to know for recreating over Memorial Day Weekend

Campgrounds remain CLOSED for Memorial Day Weekend.

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Restricts Group Sizes in Nevada to Limit Spread of COVID-19

Please see below for the complete list of recreation closures due to COVID-19.
We are following the agency and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates.

Parking Restrictions:
Parking on the mountain is limited and will be monitored. There are approximately 60 legal parking spaces open in Kyle Canyon and 40 in Lee Canyon. Starting Saturday March 28th, law enforcement will maintain control of both canyons at their intersections of SR 158. As the spaces fill up, visitors will be re-directed onto SR 158 or back down the highway they arrived on. If visitors are turned away from the box canyons of Kyle or Lee due to overcrowding, there are numerous undeveloped sites on SR 156, SR 157, and SR 158. Visitors are encouraged to utilize these areas to recreate on the mountain. This will continue on a day to day basis until April 21st when the need for redirecting will be reassessed.

Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway:
CLOSED until further notice

OPEN TRAILHEADS:

  • Cathedral Rock
  • Cliffrose
  • Fletcher Canyon
  • Mary Jane
  • Trail Canyon
  • Deer Creek
  • Desert View Overlook
  • Juniper

OPEN DAY-USE SITES:

  • Kyle Canyon Picnic Area (Mon-Thurs $12 single sites, 24$ double sites. Fri-Sun/Holidays $18 single sites, 36$ double sites)
  • Cathedral Rock Picnic Area (Mon-Thurs $12 single sites, 24$ double sites. Fri-Sun/Holidays $18 single sites, 36$ double sites)

CLOSED SITES:

  • Fletcher View Campground
  • Mahogany Grove Group Campground
  • McWilliams Campground
  • Hilltop Campground
  • Sawmill Picnic Area and Trailhead
  • Old Mill Picnic Area
  • Foxtail Group Picnic Area
  • SMVG Group Picnic Sites

FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is implementing fire restrictions earlier than usual this year to reduce the number of human-caused fires and reduce firefighter exposure to COVID-19 during the current pandemic. The Humboldt-Toiyabe will enact fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and smoking outside of vehicles starting on April 15th until May 31st, or until rescinded. 

“Our concern regarding escaped campfires is not about dry fuel conditions at this time of year. We want to support a strong fire prevention program, limiting human-caused fires, to keep our firefighters healthy and ready for when we need them in the coming months,” said Forest Fire Management Officer Gwen Sanchez. Fire restrictions are designed to protect people, property, firefighters and natural resources.  While COVID-19 circumstances are rapidly evolving, local, state and federal wildland firefighting agencies are incorporating Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19, while actively assessing potential risks and developing plans to mitigate those risks to first responders. 

Fire restrictions prohibit the following: 

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves. 
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building. 

Violation of these prohibitions is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, by a fine of not more than $5000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization and/or imprisonment of not more than 6 months. 

Lee Canyon Ski Resort is now closed for the 2019/2020 winter season. 
Visit their website for details

We encourage you to follow the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics recommendations for getting outside during COVID-19.

 

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