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.



The parking lots at Mary Jane Falls, Trail Canyon, and Cathedral Rock are now closed for the winter season. Additionally, Hwy. 156/Lee Canyon Rd. past McWilliams Campground (including Upper Bristlecone Trail) is temporarily closed to allow Lee Canyon's operations team to get the facility and snow pack ready. Visitors entering this area are subject to fines and expose themselves to safety risks from snowmaking and avalanche prevention efforts.

While Las Vegas locals are welcome to drive up to see the snow, there is not enough snow to safely support snow play activities such as sledding, skiing, or snowshoeing. This snowfall has been very dry and fluffy, so what might look like a nice spot to sled is actually quite rocky and woody once weight is on it.

Since the recent snowfall, there have already been several instances of ill-equipped vehicles losing traction, getting stuck, and getting in accidents. Please remember to drive safely: use reduced speeds, drive vehicles with winter traction tires or carry chains.

Visit http://www.gomtcharleston.com/ for more information and safety tips.

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


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SMNRA Location Map

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