Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has Insufficient Snow for Safe Winter Snow Play
USFS Release Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017
With winter break starting this weekend for area students, the Las Vegas community often looks to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area for winter snow play opportunities. As of today, there is not enough snow to support sledding, snowshoeing, or other typical snow play activities. The Lee Canyon Ski Area, which has been making its own snow, is open. For more information about the ski area, please visit their website.
“Even without snow, the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is a great place to come recreate this winter,” said Donn Christiansen, Area Manager. “A number of recreation sites remain open to the public including McWilliams and Fletcher View Campgrounds, Kyle Canyon Picnic Area, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway and
several hiking trails.”
The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway facilities will be closed on Christmas and New
Year’s Days. Additionally, the visitor center will close early at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve
and New Year’s Eve. The Visitor Gateway’s normal hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The public can still obtain visitor information at https://www.fs.usda.gov/htnf/ and use the restroom facilities at the Cliff Rose Trailhead across the traffic circle from the Visitor Gateway.
Due to public safety concerns for emergency access in the winter months, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has put additional parking restrictions in place on Nevada State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Road) along the Lee Meadows area. This is similar to restrictions along upper portions of Kyle Canyon Road. When snow is present, elevation and location can vary. Recreationist should plan accordingly and dress warmly in case they need to park and walk a distance to access snow. Drivers shoould follow all posted parking signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be fined and towed.