High Visitation Expected at Mt Charleston Expected Over Martin Luther King Holiday

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is expected to be busy over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. While clear weather and warm temperatures are forecast, there is still some snow on the ground and snowplay areas are open. Visitors are advised to arrive early and to plan for limited parking with crowded conditions.

The popularity of Lee and Kyle Canyons over a holiday weekend can bring tens of thousands of cars to the area. It is best to be there by 9 a.m. on these days. If you arrive later, you may have to wait to go up the mountain when traffic is congested or conditions are unsafe. Please be patient and abide by traffic laws.

To ensure timely emergency response and public safety during the popular winter months, Nevada Highway Patrol and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department monitor traffic congestion, available parking, and road conditions in Kyle and Lee canyons and regulate access. Delays and periodic road closures may occur on Lee and Kyle Canyon Roads and on Deer Creek Road, depending on conditions. Before heading up the mountain, check real-time road information by calling 511 within Nevada or visiting https://nvroads.com.

Visitors must always comply with highway reader boards and flashing signs on Lee and Kyle Canyon Roads. When they indicate that four-wheel drive and snow tires or tire chains are required to proceed up the mountain be prepared by carrying chains. Failure to comply will result in unsafe driving conditions and may result in accidents, stuck vehicles, and citations issued by law enforcement. For more detailed information on chain requirements, please visit: https://bit.ly/NDOTTractionandChainRequrements.

Visitors are reminded to abide by all posted parking signs in both Kyle and Lee Canyons. Illegally parked vehicles may be fined and towed. In areas where roadside parking is permitted, ensure all tires are to the right of the white line to keep the lane clear for emergency vehicles. For detailed information about parking restrictions, please visit: https://bit.ly/SMNRASnowSeasonMap, which is in both English and Spanish.

To plan your winter trip, visitors are encouraged to visit the Go Mt. Charleston’s snow season webpage, available in English at https://gomtcharleston.com/snow-season/ and in Spanish at https://gomtcharleston.com/nieve-en-spring-mountains/. Conditions and safety information are also posted at https://facebook.com/GoMtCharleston or https://twitter.com/GoMtCharleston.

For current weather conditions, visitors can check the National Weather Service website at: https://bit.ly/NOAASpringMountainsandRedRockCanyon or view one of the following webcams:

Lee Canyon Ski Resort is open for skiing and snowboarding. Information about the ski resort, COVID restrictions, winter activities, facility availability, and parking information is available at: https://leecanyonlv.com or by calling 702-385-2754. To ensure entry, Ski Resort visitors are reminded to have their pass or online reservation receipts available to show law enforcement officers who are monitoring traffic.

During the winter months, the Ski Resort manages the McWilliams Campground, Old Mill Picnic Area, and Foxtail Snow Play Area in Lee Canyon. The Old Mill Picnic Area is generally open on weekends and holidays. When there is at least 12 inches of snow, the Foxtail area is also open on weekends and holidays. It is best to check the resort website for details.

The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway facilities and parking area at 2525 Kyle Canyon Road will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this weekend. Face coverings are required to enter the building. Public restroom facilities are available in Kyle Canyon at the Cliff Rose Trailhead across the traffic circle from the visitor gateway and in Lee Canyon at Sawmill Picnic Area.

When traveling to the SMNRA, start with a full tank of gas because there are no gas stations on the mountain. Always carry with you: tire chains, tow strap, cell phone, flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cable, snow shovel, blankets/sleeping bags, first aid kit, compass, maps, bag of sand/kitty litter for traction, spare batteries, non-perishable foods, and water.

Visitors are reminded to wear appropriate clothing for their planned activities and to not trespass on private property or closed areas. Sledding is not recommended in areas where there is less than 12 inches of snow and trash should be carried home or placed in dumpsters or trashcans. Owners should also keep pets on a leash and clean up their waste.

Dial *NHP (*647) in case of a roadway emergency or 911 to report a serious accident. Since cell phone service is limited, public phones are located along Lee Canyon Road near Lee Meadows and the Old Mill Picnic Area. Local and 911 calls from these phones are free.

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

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