Your adventure starts here!
The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway site is a destination in itself. This 128acre complex has reclaimed land from a golf course into public buildings, trails, exhibits, and more. Whether you just make a quick trip inside the Visitor Center for a map and a souvenir, or stay for a hike or program, make sure to stop at the Gateway!
New technology and ancient wisdom have been merged to create a building that uses natural and sustainable energy sources to reduce its carbon footprint while offering an information desk, engaging exhibits, and a must-shop bookstore. The Visitor Center is open 9am-4pm, except for some holidays and during major weather events. Check the Calendar for details.
Pinion & Ponderosa Group Picnic Areas
Each of these side-by-side sites offer 40+ seating, dual charcoal grills, a large fire pit, a power outlet, lights, and sweeping views of Kyle Canyon. The sites can be reserved here from spring through fall, and winter rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis at the desk inside the Visitor Center at the Gateway.
Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial
The Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial honors thousands of individuals who lost their live while working covertly for the United States government during the Cold War, including 14 people on a fatal United States Air Force flight that crashed on Charleston Peak in 1955. In addition to the monuments at the Momorial, the Pack Rat Trail that begins at the Gateway has a scope to view the crash site.
Seven Stones Plaza
The seven Southern Pauite tribes of the southwest, known as Nuwuvi, consider the Spring Mountains to be the place of creation and tribal members continue to visit and honor this sacered place. The plaza celebrates this heritage and invites visitors to open their senses and truly experience the land.
Programs for all ages are offered year-round. Check the Calendar and join us!
Mt Charleston & Kyle Amphitheaters
The small and colorful Kyle Amphitheater is where you'll find the start of our Junior Ranger programs. The larger Mt Charleston Amphitheater hosts concerts for up to 300 people year-round.
The Gateway is the start of trails for all skill levels. The Kunav Huveap is a stroller-friendly loop around the site. Three trails begin at the Gateway, wind down into Kyle wash, and on to various destinations and views: Pack Rat, Escarpment, and Acastus.