SMNRA RECREATION UPDATE AS OF 2/01/23

Visitor Center
The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway is open 9am-4pm 7 days a week except Christmas Day. Programs are held there and at other busy sites all winter, please check the event calendar for details.

Weather
Weather patterns in the Spring Mountains can be drastically different than what the Las Vegas Valley experiences, and the 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 and campfires may be affected during high wind events. Remember to wear sunscreen, dress in layers, and bring blankets, water, and snacks in case of emergencies. Check out our snow info in English and Spanish.

Wildlife
Winter can be a beautiful time for birdwatching, and occasionally spotting other animals found in the Spring Mountains. Remember to always keep your distance, never feed them, and keep in mind that touching or feeding the wild horses and burros is illegal.

Seasonal Pile Burning
As part of hazardous fuels reduction efforts, fire crews will begin pile burning beginning in January and continue through spring, weather and fuel conditions permitting. Please do not call 911 about burning in the areas listed below. Local fire departments are aware of these burning activities. For information on pile-burning activities on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, click here: 2023 Pile Burning

TRAILHEADS open unless noted (*) below:
Click here for full trail descriptions

  • Bristlecone, Lower
  • Bristlecone, Upper (access to south end of Bonanza Trail)
  • Cliffrose/Stepladder
  • Deer Creek
  • Desert View Overlook
  • Echo
  • Fletcher Canyon/Eagle's Nest/Acastus
  • Harris Spring to Griffith Peak
  • Juniper
  • Mahogany CCC (trailhead will close with winter conditions)
  • North Loop/Rain Tree
  • Pack Rat/Escarpment/Acastus (from Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, trail has some erosion hazards)
  • Robber's Roost
  • Trail Canyon

Closed Trails:

  • Cathedral Rock/South Loop/Griffith Peak
  • Mary Jane Falls

PICNIC AREAS:
Open Sites*:    
Kyle Canyon (Day use only 10 am-4 pm)
Deer Creek (Free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
Sawmill (may be inaccessible due to snow, free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
SMVG Group Picnic Areas (reservation required)
Lee Meadows
 (open dawn to dusk, groups must be under 20 people, NO camping or fires)

Closed Sites:
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area

Old Mill (will be open for snowplay weekends in winter)
Foxtail Group Picnic Area (will be open for snowplay weekends in winter)

*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. 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  (sites 1-14 only)
Mack’s Canyon (undeveloped & unpaved, may be inaccessible due to snow)
Blue Tree Area (undeveloped & unpaved, may be inaccessible due to snow)
Champion Road
(undeveloped & unpaved, may be inaccessible due to snow)

Closed Sites:
Hilltop Campground
Mahogany Grove Group Campground
*Dispersed camping is prohibited currently in Mahagony Fire burn area

*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. 

Year Round Fire Restrictions currently in effect, including*:
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. 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.

Lee Canyon Ski Resort
The Lee Canyon Ski Resort is open for winter season operations, visit their website for details

Wildlife
The only way to keep wildlife wild is by giving animals space and never feeding them, even if they come up to you. It's also illegal!

*** find updates throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter accounts

Programs
Go Mt Charleston is now offering programs! For more information, please visit our event calendar.

Volunteer
Looking for a way to give back while enjoying the fresh mountain air? Our volunteer programs are gearing back up, so learn more here!

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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