Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

A high desert with flowers and low bushes in the foreground and mountains in the background




The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity.

Enjoy snow-capped mountain peaks that are surrounded by desert and are home to over 50 sensitive plants and animals, some of which are found only in this special area and nowhere else in the world. The panoramic mountain range provides a quick getaway and a haven for solitude.

Visit our Things to Do page to explore the array of opportunities for enjoying this unique area. There are three wilderness areas within the boundaries of the SMNRA.


Fires on the SMNRA are often ignited by lightning strikes, especially during the summer monsoons. However, human-caused fires are increasingly common as more people recreate on public lands. Unattended campfires, cigarettes, fireworks, car fires, shooting areas, off-highway vehicle use without approved spark arresters, and other human-caused fires currently account for 55 percent of wildfires within the SMNRA. Please be careful with fire, and be aware that stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect.

Contact us at:
4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89130-2301
(702) 515-5400

Annex Building
4584 North Rancho Road
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Annex: (702) 839-5563


Spring Mountains Construction

CONSTRUCTION RELATED CLOSURE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON SHORT NOTICE.  Please check the website or the hotline frequently for updates and latest news about your favorite recreation sites.

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SMNRA Location Map

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For more fire information, please go to our Fire and Fuels page.