Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Visitors Need to Recreate Responsibly Over the Winter Season

Contact(s): Erica Hupp (775) 355-5311; Naaman Horn (702) 515-5413

Las Vegas - With fresh snowfall occurring in the last 24 hours in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, visitation to the Mount Charleston area may be busy this weekend. The Mount Charleston Winter Alliance partners are encouraging the public to plan ahead before making the drive up the mountain to play in the snow.  

The Lee Canyon Ski Area opened its bunny hill today. The more intermediate ski slopes and tubing areas are expected to open by Christmas weekend. For more information about the ski area, please visit their website: http://www.leecanyonlv.com/site.

Snow play areas and parking on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area can reach capacity quickly on high-volume visitation days. Visitors should keep these tips in mind: Do not sled in areas with less than 12 inches of snow, avoid dangerous objects like rocks and trees, don’t litter, and don’t trespass on private property.

The popularity of Lee and Kyle Canyons in the winter can bring thousands of cars to the area when snow is present. To ensure timely emergency response and public safety, Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department monitor traffic congestion and road conditions in both canyons and regulate access. Extended traffic delays may occur intermittently on high traffic days on Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Rd.), 157 (Kyle Canyon Rd.) and 158 (Deer Creek Rd.) that provides access to ski and snow play areas in the canyons.

Winter recreationists should also check for real-time road information posted to NDOT’s 511 website http://www.nvroads.com/511-home or can also call 511 for information on road conditions and closures. Up-to-date weather information can be found at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/vef/rec/index.php?loc=SM. These links and other visitor information can be found at www.gomtcharleston.com.  Additional visitation tips include:

  • In case of a roadway emergency or to report a serious accident dial 911.
  • Parking is in short supply on the mountain; please pay close attention to no parking signs. Illegally parked vehicles will be issued a citation. There is no roadside parking on Nevada State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Road) between the roundabout and the Lee Canyon Ski Area. Roadside parking is also prohibited in Kyle Canyon past the intersection of Nevada State Routes 157 (Kyle Canyon Road) and 158 (Deer Creek Road). When parking off road, all wheels must be to the right of the white line.
  • Large amounts of trash are being left by visitors to the mountain. Please help keep the area beautiful for everyone to enjoy by taking trash and sled debris home or put it in provided trashcans or dumpsters.
  • Prepare for cold weather by wearing appropriate outdoor clothing. This would include layering light and warm clothing, long pants, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots that have traction for icy conditions.
  • When traveling to the mountain, start with a full tank of gas. There are no gas stations in the area. Always carry with you: tire chains/tow strap, cell phone, flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cable, snow shovel, blanket/sleeping bag, first aid kit, compass, maps, bag of sand/kitty litter for traction, spare batteries, non-perishable foods and water.

The Mount Charleston Winter Alliance promotes public safety during the winter months when Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon see large spikes in visitation. Agency partners include Clark County, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro), Lee Canyon (ski area), the Mount Charleston Fire Protection District, National Weather Service, Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP), U.S. Forest Service, and Southern Nevada Conservancy.