Sun and Shadow, Spring Mountains National Recreation Area @ Nevada 03.2014
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The highest point is Mount Charleston, at 11,918 ft (3,633 m). The area around Mt. Charleston is protected in the Mount Charleston Wilderness.

The U.S. Forest Service Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway opened May 30, 2015. Construction began in late 2012.

The 4,300 acre Visitor Gateway in Kyle Canyon features extensive new parking areas, many miles of new trail systems, educational facilities, picnicking facilities, shade shelters, several amphitheaters, interpretive displays and information, a Cold War memorial, bookstore, way-finding information, staff to assist visitors with questions and provide information about the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, and a visitor’s center building. The complex is located on Highway 157 at milepost 5.1 near Mt. Charleston, inside the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, a part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Is there snow on the mountains? The 2015-2016 winter season is officially over.

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The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, also known as Mount Charleston, offers opportunities for year-round fun. When you visit, learn about the area by stopping by our Visitor Center, join an interpretative program put on by a naturalist, or volunteer to conserve the forest environment and visitors
http://www.gomtcharleston.com
@GoMtCharleston
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Summer Visitor Guide

Weather

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=NVZ019#.VINJv2TF9jw

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Flickr

https://www.flickr.com/photos/planeta/sets/72157649889411915

Twitter

@GoMtCharleston
@MtCharlestonLV
@SpringMntRanch

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http://www.hikinglasvegas.com/mt-charleston.html
http://www.birdandhike.com/Areas/MtChar_Area/_MtC_Area.htm
http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/Mt_Char/MJ_Falls/_Mary_Jane.htm
http://www.yelp.com/biz/spring-mountain-national-recreation-area-las-vegas
http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/newsletters/districtc/Pages/BrownDistrictCSpringNewsletter2015.aspx#spring4
http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices/?cid=fsm9_026952
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5370797.pdf

Headlines

http://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/columns-blogs/trip-the-week/gateway-greets-visitors-spring-mountains

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-las-vegas-day-trip-thats-totally-wild-1453404281
After $55M in upgrades, Mount Charleston has fewer camp sites
5,200 acres protected for endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly
http://www.news3lv.com/content/news/story/Nature-and-history-of-Mount-Charleston-on-display/41RiW2DgnUqq92kVdPdp_Q.cspx
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/50m-visitor-gateway-mount-charleston-opens-saturday-photos

Where to stay

Mount Charleston Lodge is located at the end of Kyle Canyon Rd/SR 157, with rustic lodging in 23 log cabins and a scenic restaurant & lounge serving breakfast,lunch and dinner daily. http://www.mtcharlestonlodge.com The Resort on Mt Charleston is a rustic and relaxing pet friendly property in mid-Kyle Canyon with hotel rooms, a lounge, restaurant, and banquet facilities. http://www.mtcharlestonresort.com

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Junction 157
Robbers Roost
Radar Station
Hilltop Campground
Ski Area
North Loop Trailhead
Deer Creek Picnic Area

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. More Info (http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsinternet/!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gjAwhwtDDw9_AI8zPyhQoYAOUjMeXDfODy-HWHg-zDrx8kb4ADOBro-3nk56bqF-RGGGSZOCoCAPi8eX8!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfMjAwMDAwMDBBODBPSEhWTjJNMDAwMDAwMDA!/?navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&cid=fsm9_026952&navid=170120000000000&pnavid=170000000000000&ss=110417&position=Not%20Yet%20Determined.Html&ttype=detail&pname=Humboldt-Toiyabe%20National%20Forest%20-%20Offices)


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Nearby: Mount Charleston

Mount Charleston Lodgeis located at an elevation of 7,700 feet at the end of Highway 157 at the top of Mount Charleston with lodging in 23 log cabins. Meals are served Sunday-Friday from 8am-8pm and 8am-9pm on Saturday. The lounge is open until eleven. It's less than an hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Twitter: @MtCharlestonLV

Mount Charleston has more than 50 miles of marked trails, some of which are paved and accessible to wheelchairs. There are also strenuous climbs to the top of the mountain. Bicycles are permitted on some trails.

Weather
http://mtcharlestonweather.com
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=36.257187,-115.642792&cm_ven=googleonebox

Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly, Plebejus shasta
http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/water-environment/forest-service-barely-avoids-blue-butterfly-blunder

Skye Canyon
http://skyecanyon.com "celebrates its sweeping vistas and scenic location with hiking & biking trails, swim center & sports field, horseback riding, a community garden & local farmers market, yoga & exercise pavilions, an open-air cantina and an inspiring landscape, everywhere you turn."


Nearby: Spring Mountains
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. Part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, better known to locals as Mount Charleston, the SMNRA is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas.
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area - Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
http://www.gomtcharleston.com -
@GoMtCharleston
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-mountain-ranch-state-park
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spring-Mountain-Ranch-State-Park/346992938885

July 2013 Forest Fire!
http://inciweb.org/incident/3481
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/09/19378606-smoke-from-massive-wildfire-billows-over-las-vegas?lite

Nearby: Cold Creek
http://www.scribd.com/doc/240333587/A-Glint-in-the-Desert

Promotion
http://findyourpark.vegas/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Spring-Mountains-Rack-Card.pdf