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. Our 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!
STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT IN THE SPRING MOUNTAINS
Nevada is facing an elevated risk of a severe and potentially catastrophic wildfire season due to drought conditions, dense, dry vegetation and other factors. Given the critical threat of wildfires statewide, and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is now under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions that include, but are not limited to, the following:
- No igniting, building, maintaining, or using ANY wood or charcoal/briquette fire, including developed campfires and grills. Propane, Butane, or Liquid jelly stoves and grills are ok, as well as propane fire pits
- No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.
- No welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
- No use of, or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
- No discharge, use, or allowing the use of fireworks, tracer rounds, explosive targets, or any other incendiary device.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS AND CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT:
Cottonwood Fire is contained and has a closure order in effect: details, links, and map here
Mahagony Fire is contained but now has a 7200acre closure order in effect: details, links, and map here
* Drone use is prohibited during active fires
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 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.