Before you start your adventure...
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. The Weather page offers multiple tools, tips and webcams to monitor conditions and forecasts. The National Weather Service has additional information and webcams. Remember that high winds and dry conditions can create devastating fire conditions!
FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT:
Stage 1 Fire restrictions in the Spring Mountains include:
1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stovefire. The ONLY exceptions are stoves using portable fuel with an On/Off switch or knob, or campfires within the provided rings or grills at developed camp and picnic sites.
2. Smoking outside an enclosed vehicle or building.
3. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame.
4. Using any type of explosive, including fireworks and explosive ammunition or targets.
Please note that additional fire restrictions may apply. For more information or clarification on individual agency restrictions, visit www.nevadafireinfo.org/restrictions-and-closures. 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.
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 or access limitations include:
TRAILHEADS open unless noted (*) below:
Click here for ful trail descriptions
- Bristlecone, Lower
- Bristlecone, Upper
- Cathedral Rock/South Loop/Griffith Peak
- Deer Creek
- Desert View Overlook
- Fletcher Canyon/Eagle's Nest/Acastus
- Harris Spring to Griffith Peak
- Mahogany CCC
- Mary Jane Falls
- North Loop/Rain Tree
- Pack Rat/Escarpment/Acastus (*park at Cliffrose and walk to Gateway to access)
- Robber's Roost
- Trail Canyon
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area
Deer Creek (Free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
Foxtail Group Picnic Area (reservations required)
Sawmill (Free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
Lee Meadows (closed to overnight use from sunset to sunrise, daily, year round. No fires permitted, however stoves with an On/Off knob or switch are permitted.)
SMVG Group Picnic Area (closed due to Covid-19)
*All Federal Public Lands Pass (Access Pass, Military Pass, Senior Pass, Annual Parks Pass, and Every Kid in a Park Pass) holders are permitted free usage at single sites at all day use picnic areas except for SMVG, Foxtail, and Cathedral Group Picnic Areas. Pass must be present and its information must be filled out on a fee envelope and deposited in the fee tube at the Self-Service pay station.
Dispersed camping is prohibited currently in Mahagony Fire burn area
*Access and Senior Federal Public Lands Pass holders are permitted 50% off at single sites. Pass must be present and its information must be filled out on a fee envelope and deposited in the fee tube at the Self-Service pay station.
Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway:
CLOSED until further notice
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.
- 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.