The arrival of snow in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area can bring thousands of visitors to Mount Charleston during the winter months.
To ensure safety and public education about how to stay safe, a local group is providing information about road conditions, weather updates, and winter driving and snow play tips via the www.GoMtCharleston.com website. the online resource serves as a one-stop resource for sharing information from Clark County, the U.S. Forest Service and other Mount Charleston Winter Alliance partners including the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Mount Charleston Fire & Rescue District, Nevada Department of Transpiration, Nevada Highway Patrol and Lee Canyon.
The popularity of Lee and Kyle Canyons during a weekend in the winter when snow is on the ground can bring 25,000 cars to the area. To ensure timely emergency response and public safety, Metro, NHP and Forest Service law enforcement monitor traffic congestion and road conditions in both canyons and regulate access. Road closures including Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Road), 157 (Kyle Canyon Road and 158 (Deer Creek Rd.) that provide access to ski and snow play areas in the canyons will be posted on www.GoMtCharleston.com. Road condition information is taken directly from NDOT's website and visitors can also call 511 for information on road conditions and closures.
Lee Canyon Ski Area is the largest winter recreation area and offers skiing and tubing for daily and annual fees. Lee Meadows and the Foxtail Picnic Area (fee sites) are popular for snow play. Kyle Canyon has limited snow play and parking areas. Snow play areas and parking 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
- Don't trespass on private property.
Clark County created public service announcements in English and Spanish to promote safe visitation during the winter months. The public also can follow Go Mt. Charleston's Twitter site for updates at @GoMtCharleston. Look for these hashtags and handles: #MtCharleston; #snowplay; #SMNRA; @ HumboldtToiyabe;@LeeCanyonLV; @ClarkCountyNV; @LVMPD; @Nevadadot; and @NHPSouthernComm.