SMNRA RECREATION UPDATE AS OF 4/10/24

AREA CLOSURES IN EFFECT

Area closure remains in effect for the Developed Recreation Canyons (Lee, Kyle, and Deer Creek) of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (Mt. Charleston) for public safety due to historic storm damage. State Routes 157/Kyle Canyon Road, 156/Lee Canyon, and State Route 158/Deer Creek Hwy are now open. Drivers are asked to use caution as there are still many repair workers and vehicles in the area actively continuing additional repairs.

The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway is now open, though some trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds remain closed. Additional details and a closure map are available on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest website. This Forest Order does not apply to private parcels, state highways, or any other non-Forest Service property within the boundaries of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Map of Flood Damage Closure Area

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Visitor Center & Programs

Open seven days a week from 9 am to 4 pm, check our event calendar for programs.

Weather

Find everything you need for SNOW information here in English and Espanol. 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.

Wildlife

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

Roads

- Visit NDOT for up-to-date road conditions.

TRAILHEADS open unless noted below:

  • Cliffrose/Stepladder
  • South Loop
  • Fletcher Canyon/Eagle's Nest/Acastus
  • Harris Spring to Griffith Peak
  • Pack Rat/Escarpment/Acastus (from the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, trail has some erosion hazards)
  • Desert View Overlook
  • North Loop/Rain Tree
  • Juniper
  • Robber's Roost

Click here for full trail descriptions

Closed Trails:

  • Bristlecone, Lower
  • Bristlecone, Upper
  • Mary Jane Falls
  • Echo
  • Cathedral Rock/Griffith Peak/South Loop (trailhead closed for winter conditions)
  • Mahogany CCC (trailhead closed for winter conditions)
  • Trail Canyon

PICNIC AREAS:
Open Sites:    

Kyle Canyon (10 am-4 pm)
Sawmill (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
Foxtail Group Picnic Area
Old Mill
Deer Creek

*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. 

CAMPGROUNDS:
Open Sites: 

Fletcher View
McWilliams 
Blue Tree Area (undeveloped & unpaved)
Champion Road
(undeveloped & unpaved)

Closed Sites:

Hilltop Campground
Mahogany Grove Group Campground
Mack’s Canyon (undeveloped & unpaved)

*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, read the Forest Order for details. 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 the winter season.

 

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Programs

Go Mt Charleston offers many types of programs! For more information, please visit our event calendar.

Volunteer

Looking for a way to give back while enjoying the fresh mountain air? 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.

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