SMNRA RECREATION UPDATE AS OF 4/22/2019

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Spring Mountain Visitor Gateway Hours:
Open every day 9am - 4pm

GO Mt. Charleston Programming:
4/27/19 - REI Map and Compass Class (10:30am @ SMVG. Register at REI.com)
4/27/19 - Jr. Ranger Program (1pm @ SMVG. No registration needed)
4/28/19 - Jr. Ranger Program (1pm @ SMVG. No registration needed)

Pile burning will take place though the colder months as part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s hazardous fuels reduction efforts. Read here for details on locations and how pile burning works.

PICNIC AREAS:

- Kyle Canyon Picnic Area ($12 Mon-Thu, $18 Fri-Sun and holidays, 10am to 5pm)
- Deer Creek Picnic Area (Free, first come first serve, open from dusk to dawn)
- SMVG Group Picnic Area ($70 for reservation at Front Desk via Fee Tube at Picnic Site and Recreation.gov)
- Sawmill Picnic Area (Free, first come first serve)
- Lee Meadows is closed to overnight use from sunset to sunrise, daily, year round. No fires permitted in the meadows, however stoves with an On/Off knob or switch are permitted.
- Foxtail (Closed)
- Cathedral Rock Picnic Area (Closed)
- Old Mill Picnic Area (Closed)

*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:

- Fletcher Campground ($33 single sites/$58 double sites. ALL sites are walk-in only. Campers may be asked to leave in the event of heavy rain due to the potential of flashflooding in the camp area)
- McWillams Campground ($25 single sites/$50 double sites, sites 1-14 currently open. Even numbered sites are walk-in, odd numbered sites are reservation)
- Hilltop Campground (Closed for winter season)
- Upper Loops at McWillams Campground  (Closed for winter season)

*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.

TRAILS:
All trails open except:
Harris Trail to Griffith Peak (Heavily damaged by Carpenter 1 Fire)

Trailhead closures:
Cathedral Rock Trailhead closed due to icy/snowy conditions.  Cathedral Rock Trail and South Loop Trail are still open but hikers are encouraged to park elsewhere (ie. Echo Trailhead)

WINTER RECREATION INFO:
Lee Canyon Ski Resort is closed as of 4/15/19. Will re-open for summer (date TBD)

Parking Restrictions: In Lee Canyon (SR-156), there is no roadside parking past the Old Mill/Foxtail roundabout.  In Kyle Canyon (SR-156), there is no roadside parking past the intersection of Kyle Canyon Rd. (SR-157) and Deer Creek Rd. (SR-158)

FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) fire officials have lifted summer fire restrictions, so the area has returned to year-round fire restrictions. While in year-round fire restrictions, no campfires are allowed 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.

Check the calendar for the upcoming winter schedule changes
*Programs and day use site hours may be shortened or cancelled because of heavy rain, lightning, or snow for public safety.

*For any programming inquiries pertaining to hike registration, field trips, educational outreach, etc., please email programs@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 Thursday-Monday)

 

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