Mt. Charleston Winter Alliance reminds the public to recreate responsibly when visiting Mt. Charleston on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area over the New Year's holiday weekend.
The popularity of Lee and Kyle Canyons during a holiday weekend in the winter can bring over 25,000 cars to the area. "The high volume of visitors can create potential hazards," said Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel with the Nevada Highway Patrol. "The mountain is a magical place that we are so fortunate to have close by. We want residents and visitors to be able to enjoy the snow without blocking roadways and risking access for emergency vehicles. During the Christmas weekend three law enforcement agencies issued over 200 citations and several hundred written and verbal warnings to drivers for parking violations. It is important for people to comply with traffic and parking regulations to ensure public safety and emergency vehicle access."
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Nevada Highway Patrol monitor traffic congestion and road conditions in both Lee and Kyle canyon. Visitors should expect temporary road closures along Nevada State Routes 156 (Lee Canyon Road), 157 (Kyle Canyon Road), and 158 (Deer Creek Rd.) to regulate safe access. Road closures 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.
Mount Charleston visitors should be aware of the following tips to ensure a safe visit:
- Check driving conditions, chain requirements, and road closures before traveling to the mountain. For real-time road information, dial 511 within Nevada, 1-877-NV-ROADS (1-877-687-6237) outside of Nevada, or visit www.GoMtCharleston.com.
- 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 Lee Meadows 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.
- Do not sled in areas with less than 12 inches of snow, and avoid traffic and dangerous objects like trees and rocks. Use sturdy sleds for snow play, not makeshift items like cardboard boxes. Do not trespass on private property or closed areas.
- 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.
- It will be very cold and windy on the mountain, so it is extremely important to wear 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.
- Dial *NHP (*647) in case of a roadway emergency or 911 to report a serious accident
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