SMNRA RECREATION UPDATE AS OF 10/20/2020

Volunteer
Join us Saturday, October 24 to plant some trees at Cathedral Rock Picnic Area! Click for details

Visitor Experience Survey
We're seeking your input the visitor experience in the Spring Mountains, as well as the effectiveness of the interpretation and exhibits inside the visitor center and on the surrounding landscape. Click here and select the Spring Mountains/Mount Charleston survey

Weather
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 1 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 1 Fire Restrictions that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. No igniting, building, maintaining, or using ANY wood or charcoal/briquette fire, except in developed campfires and grills. Propane, Butane, or Liquid jelly stoves and grills are ok, as well as propane fire pits
  2. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.
  3. No welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  4. No use of, or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
  5. 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.

 

TRAILHEADS
(open unless noted otherwise):

  • Bristlecone, Lower and Upper
  • Cathedral Rock/South Loop/Griffith Peak
  • Cliffrose/Stepladder
  • Deer Creek
  • Desert View Overlook
  • Echo
  • Fletcher Canyon/Eagle's Nest/Acastus
  • Harris Spring to Griffith Peak
  • Juniper
  • 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

PICNIC AREAS:
Open Sites*:    
Kyle Canyon
Cathedral Rock 
Deer Creek (Free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
Sawmill (Free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
Lee Meadows
Old Mill 
Foxtail Group Picnic Area 

Closed Sites:
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. 

CAMPGROUNDS:
Open Sites*:  

Fletcher View
McWilliams
Mahogany Grove Group Campground
Mack’s Canyon 
Blue Tree Area
Champion Road

Closed Sites:
Hilltop Campground (Closed for renovations)

*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.

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. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the numerous undeveloped sites on lower SR 156, lower SR 157, and SR 158 if recreating on the mountain.

Lee Canyon Ski Resort
Closed for the summer season 

Visit their website for details

*** find updates throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter accounts
*No programs will be scheduled until Nevada enters the Phase 3 of reopening. For details, please email info@gomtcharleston.com
*For any inquiries pertaining to setting up a volunteer event, volunteering opportunities, etc., please email volunteer@gomtcharleston.com
(response to all inquiries is generally from Wednesday-Sunday)

If you head up, remember to dispose of your trash responsibly!

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

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