SMNRA RECREATION UPDATE AS OF 11/27/2020

This Giving Tuesday, help us create a Junior Ranger handbook program designed to inspire children to explore, understand, and protect the Spring Mountains before they even step foot on a trail!

Weather
Weather patterns in the Spring Mountains can be drastically different than what the Las Vegas Valley experiences. Our Snow Season page has all you need to know for a safe visit, and the Weather page offers multiple tools, tips and webcams to monitor conditions and forecasts.

FIRE RESTRICTIONS AND CLOSURES ARE IN EFFECT:
Year-round fire restrictions are in effect on the SMNRA:
No campfires or stove fires within 1 mile around Upper Kyle and Lee Canyons, Cold Creek community including Pond area, Mountain Springs community, Trout Canyon community, Lovel Canyon community and Coal Springs community.
Cottonwood Fire has a closure order in effect: details, links, and map here
Mahagony Fire 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.

Parking Restrictions:
Parking on the mountain is limited and will be monitored. When roadside parking, ALL tires must be over the white line. 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.

TRAILHEADS
(open unless noted otherwise):

  • Bristlecone, Lower and Upper
  • Cathedral Rock/South Loop/Griffith Peak (trailhead closed, access available at Echo)
  • Cliffrose/Stepladder
  • Deer Creek
  • Desert View Overlook
  • Echo (gravel trailhead parking lot, unplowed in winter)
  • Fletcher Canyon/Eagle's Nest/Acastus
  • Harris Spring to Griffith Peak (unpaved, may be inaccessible with snow)
  • Juniper
  • Mahogany CCC
  • Mary Jane Falls (trailhead unpaved, may be closed with snow, access from Echo)
  • North Loop/Rain Tree
  • Pack Rat/Escarpment/Acastus (park at Cliffrose and walk to Gateway to access)
  • Robber's Roost
  • Trail Canyon (trailhead unpaved, may be closed with snow, access from Echo)

PICNIC AREAS:
Open Sites*:    
Kyle Canyon
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
 (closed, may open for winter activities with enough snow)
Foxtail Group Picnic Area (closed, may open for winter activities with enough snow)

Closed Sites:
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area (closed for winter)

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
(Upper sites closed for winter, sites 1-14 are first come/first serve)
Mack’s Canyon 
Blue Tree Area
Champion Road

Closed Sites:
Hilltop Campground (Closed for renovations)
Mahogany Grove Group Campground (Closed for winter)

*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.

Lee Canyon Ski Resort
Closed for the summer season 

Reservations will be necessary for PARKING & ACTIVITIES. 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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