Before you start your adventure...
Closures are in effect due to COVID-19. See our closure page for full details.
The conditions in the Spring Mountains can change season to season, week to week, and even hour to hour. Closure types and reasons may vary but not following them can result in injury, fines, or even death.
Weather patterns in the Spring Mountains can be drastically different than what the Las Vegas Valley experiences. Our Weather page offers multiple tools, tips and webcams to monitor conditions and forecasts. The National Weather Service has additional information and webcams.
Fire Restrictions and Closures
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fire restrictions prohibiting campfires and smoking outside of vehicles starting on April 15th until May 31st, or until rescinded.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. - There are no notable wildfires in the Spring Mountains currently. Please follow the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest's Facebook page for updates.
Shooting Area Restrictions and Closures
- Long term ammo type and target type restrictions are in effect against use of tracer ammo and explosive targets in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
- Lovell Canyon has been temporarily closed to shooting
*** Learn more about shooting in the Spring Mountains
Wild Horses & Burros
It is quite a sight to turn a corner and see a burro crossing the road, or walk into a clearing and find wild horses grazing. These animals are protected under the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, and interfering with, handling, and feeding them is illegal. Besides the hefty fine, there is a high risk of being bitten or trampled because they are wild animals, so please keep your distance.
Road, Recreation Site, and Trail Closures
Roads, recreation sites, and trails are subject to closure throughout the year for safety and seasonal reasons. Check NDOT and Twitter for updates during active floods, fires, and snow events.
Current closures include:
- Harris Springs to Griffith Peak roads and trail continue to be closed from major damage caused by the Carpenter 1 Fire and subsequent flooding.
- Lee Meadows is closed to overnight use from sunset to sunrise, daily, year round. No fires permitted in the meadows, however stoves with an On/Off knob or switch are permitted.
Snow in the mountains is always a possibility. During the colder months, it can create road hazards that require chains or snow tires. It also draws crowds looking to play in the snow, but with that comes traffic and intermittent road closures where visitors must turn around. Road conditions are updated by NDOT and closures will be shared on our Twitter feed as quickly as possible (visitor & employee safety comes first!)
Avalanche Risk & Closures
Heavy snowfall can create a serious risk of avalanches. The ski resort grooms their slopes to reduce the possibility of an avalanche, however there is no way to completely eliminate it in groomed or natural areas. If there is a closure order put into effect in the Spring Mountains, it will be linked here.