Looking for a way to quench your thirst for adventure? The Spring Mountains Recreational Area might be it!
Better known as Go Mount Charleston, the Spring Mountains Recreational Area is a part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest – the biggest national forest in the lower 48 states! It encompasses over 316, 000 acres, providing a home to over 50 unique plants and animals and a getaway spot for Nevadans.
Together with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Nevada Conservancy manages the Spring Mountains National Conservation Area. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is dedicated to helping visitors maximize all possibilities to enjoy public lands such as Go Mount Charleston by providing or improving programs. Apart from Go Mount Charleston Forest, it also supports the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, California Trail Interpretive Center and the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
OVER 1 MILLION VISITORS YEARLY
Located just 45 minutes away from downtown Las Vegas, Go Mount Charleston provides a bunch of opportunities to satisfy your adventurous spirit! Some of them are as follows:
Engage in various recreational activities
There are 12 trails you can hike in Go Mount Charleston. Before proceeding, however, be wary of possible scenarios during different seasons like increased sun exposure and mountain lightning storms during summer and snow from fall through spring. Also, trails can be unnavigable during winter because of the thick snow and ice.
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Camping and Picnicking
Planning to appreciate Go Mount Charleston by staying for a time? There are 4 campgrounds, 7 picnic areas, and other remote areas to cater to your camping or picnicking purposes for visit. Some of these areas offer the option for reservation, require a fee, or implement a cash-only basis for entrance payment.
While winter can mean impassable trails, it also means time for snow-based activities such as snowshoeing, sledding, building a snowman, and many more! If you are looking for more adventurous ways of enjoying the snow, check out Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort. Located within the sphere of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, it offers opportunities to go on tubing, skiing, snowboarding, and many more!
Gain knowledge about the Spring Mountains
Courtesy of the Southern Nevada Conservancy, the Spring Mountains Recreational Area offers several programs that aim to broaden your knowledge on specific nature-related topics. For example, Night Hikes cover topics such as how you can know your way around a place or determine the time of the year just by looking at the stars. Pretty interesting, right?
Other programs available are Junior Ranger and Junior Snow Ranger Programs; Interpretive Hikes; Interpretive Programs and Tabletops; Science Safaris; Art Workshops, and Snowshoeing.
Want to help preserve Spring Mountains Recreation Area? You can volunteer during summer or winter seasons or both. Some of the ways you can help are by serving as a host during hikes or snow play activities, staffing for the aforementioned programs of the Southern Nevada Conservancy for Go Mount Charleston, or participating in cleanup initiatives. Interested? Drop an email to [email protected]!
The Spring Mountains provide the tools for the cleanup. It can usually accommodate you and your group from Thursday through Monday.
QUENCH YOUR THIRST FOR ADVENTURE
Located at 2525 Kyle Canyon Road Las Vegas, NV 89124, the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The trails and campgrounds are open round-the-clock unless emergencies call for closure. On the other hand, the operating hours of picnic areas depend per site and season. For more info, visit its website or call (702) 872-5486.