SMNRA RECREATION UPDATE AS OF 6/12/24

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CLOSURES IN EFFECT

A few of the most popular roads, trails, and developed recreation sites in Deer Creek, Kyle, and Lee Ca

nyons on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area sustained severe damage during Tropical Storm Hillary and are unsafe to use. They still need significant work to make them accessible to the public and will remain closed indefinitely under a Forest Closure Order. These sites include:

  • Deer Creek Road (Nevada State Routes 158): Deer Creek Picnic Area
  • Kyle Canyon (Nevada State Routes 157): Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon Trailheads and Trails*, Cathedral Rock Trail*, Echo Road* and Powerline Access Road
  • Lee Canyon (Nevada State Routes 156): Upper Bristlecone Trailhead and Trail

*Upper Kyle Canyon Complex

Looking for a similar recreation experience to the currently closed roads, trails and recreation sites on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, visithttps://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd1176536.pdf

For a map that shows the closed areas, please visit https://bit.ly/SMNRA_ClosureMap.

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NEWLY REOPENED AREAS

The Forest Service and partners are working hard to reduce some of the area closures caused by Tropical Storm Hilary on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area throughout the summer. As sections of closed areas reopen, they will be announced on the Go Mt. Charleston’s web page and posted at https://www.facebook.com/GoMtCharleston or https://twitter.com/GoMtCharleston.

  • Reopened as of May 24, 2024
    • Two miles of Mack’s Canyon Road -Only two miles of the road is now opened for dispersed camping.
    • ​​Lower Bristlecone Trailhead and Trail -Only a portion of the Lower Bristlecone Trial will be available making it an out-and-back hike, while the Upper Bristlecone Trail remains closed.
    • Little Falls Trail - Accessible from Cathedral Rock Trailhead.
    • South Loop Trail (Mt. Charleston NRT) - Accessible from Cathedral Rock Trailhead.

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area’s recreation staff hopes to reopen Echo sometime this summer.

VISITOR CENTER & PROGRAMS

Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the event calendar for the many different types of programs offered during the summer!

VOLUNTEER

Looking for a way to give back while enjoying the fresh mountain air? Learn more here!

LEE CANYON SKI RESORT

The Lee Canyon Ski Resort is open for the summer season.

WEATHER

Weather patterns in the Spring Mountains can be drastically different from what the Las Vegas Valley. This Weather page offers multiple tools, tips, and webcams to monitor conditions and forecasts. Visitors should be prepared for high winds, storms, and potential snow, even if the Las Vegas forecast shows clear skies. Power may be affected during high wind events. Remember to wear sunscreen, dress in layers, and bring blankets, water, and snacks in case of emergencies.

Leave No Trace

When visiting the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, remember to DISPOSE of your trash responsibly! We encourage you to follow the Leave No Trace Principles for getting outside. 

WILDLIFE

Remember to always keep your distance and never feed wildlife. Remember, petting or feeding wild horses and burros is illegal.

ROADS

Visit NDOT for up-to-date road conditions.

CLIMBING

Climbing areas on Mary Janes Falls and Trial Canyon Trails will not be accessible this summer due to these trials being closed. The rock-climbing area on the Robber’s Roost Trail, off the Deer Creek Highway (Nevada State Routes 158), is open.

YEAR-ROUND FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Spring Mountains National Recreation’s year-round fire restrictions does not allow campfires within one mile of homes in Kyle Canyon, Lee Canyons, Cold Creek, Mountain Springs, Trout Canyon, Lovell Canyon, and Coal Springs. Signs are posted in these areas to remind the public of this restriction.

To find out what other fire restrictions are in place on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, visit https://bit.ly/HTNFFireRestrictions or www.nevadafireinfo.org. For answers to frequently asked questions about fire restrictions, visit https://bit.ly/FireRestrictionsFAQs.

RECREATION SITES

Developed Campgrounds

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OPEN: 

  • Fletcher View Campground
  • Hilltop Campground
  • Kyle Canyon Picnic Area (Open for Camping)
  • Mahogany Grove Group
  • McWilliams Campground

CLOSED:

  • No campgrounds closed.

*Access and Senior Federal Public Lands Pass holders are permitted 50% off at single campground 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.

 Dispersed Camping

  • Champion Road (undeveloped & unpaved)
  • Blue Tree Area (undeveloped & unpaved)
  • Mack’s Canyon (undeveloped & unpaved) - Only two miles of the road is now opened for dispersed camping.

*Dispersed camping is currently prohibited in Mahagony Fire burn area

 

Day use Areas

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OPEN:

  • Cathedral Rock Picnic Area (Fee site. Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Foxtail Group Picnic Area (Fee site. Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Kyle Canyon Picnic Area (Fee site. Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Lee Meadows (open dawn to dusk, groups must be under 20 people, NO camping or fires)
  • Old Mill Picnic Area (Fee site. Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • Sawmill Picnic Area (free, first come, first serve, open dawn to dusk)

CLOSED:

  • Deer Creek Picnic Area

*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 picnic sites at all day-use picnic areas except for SMVG, Foxtail, and Cathedral Group Picnic Areas. The 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.

 

Trailheads

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 OPEN: 

  • Bonanza Trailhead
  • Catch Pen Trailhead
  • Cathedral Rock Trailhead
  • Desert View Outlook
  • Fletcher Canyon Trailhead
  • Griffith Peak Trailhead
  • Juniper Trailhead
  • Lower Bristlecone Trailhead
  • North Loop Trailhead
  • Robber’s Roost Trailhead
  • Sawmill Trailhead

 CLOSED:

  • Echo Trailhead
  • Mary Jane Falls Trailhead
  • Trail Canyon Trailhead
  • Upper Bristlecone Trailhead

 

Trails

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OPEN: 

  • Acastus Trail
  • Atomic Duck Trail
  • Blue Tree Loop Trail
  • Bonanza Trail
  • Catch Pen Trail
  • Eagle’s Nest Trail
  • Equestrian Switchback Trail
  • Escarpment Trail
  • Fletcher Canyon Trail
  • Griffith Peak Trail
  • Hike-a-Bike Trail
  • Link Trail
  • Little Falls Trail
  • Lower Bristlecone Trail
  • Lower Showgirl Trail
  • Mud Springs Loop Trail
  • North Loop Trail
  • Pack Rat Trail
  • Pinyon Pine Trial
  • Robber’s Roost Trail
  • Rocky Gorge Loop Trail
  • Sawmill Trail
  • Scarlett Trail
  • Shady Hollow Trail
  • Showgirl Trail
  • South Loop Trail (Mt. Charleston National Recreation Trail)
  • Step Ladder Trail
  • Tin Can Trail

CLOSED:

  • Cathedral Rock Trail
  • Mary Jane Falls Trail
  • Trail Canyon Trail
  • Upper Bristlecone Trail

 

High-Clearance Vehicles Only 

For more details on roads and trails open to motorized vehicles.

  • Carpenter Canyon Road (Forest Service Road 45544)
  • Rocky Gap Road (Forest Service Road 45549)
  • Wallace Canyon Road (Forest Service Road 45081)
  • Wheeler Pass Road (Forest Service Road 45601)

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