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Heavy weekend visitation expected at Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Spring Mountains welcomes Monday snow
Posted at 1:44 PM, Jan 29, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is expected to be busy this weekend due to snow received this past week.

The popularity of Lee and Kyle Canyons during the winter season can bring thousands of cars to the area, particularly on weekends and especially after snowfall.

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Visitors are reminded to go early, be patient, and abide by traffic laws. You may have to wait to go up the mountain if traffic is too congested or conditions are unsafe.

For real-time road information, you may also dial 511 within Nevada and 1-877-NV-ROADS (1-877-687-6237) outside of Nevada or visit NV roads website.

Lee Canyon Ski Resort is open for skiing and snowboarding. Ski Resort visitors are reminded to have their pass or online reservation receipts available to show law enforcement officers who are monitoring traffic.

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Due to COVID restrictions, parking reservations are required but are already full at the Resort for this weekend.

During the winter months, the Ski Resort manages the McWilliams Campground, Old Mill Picnic Area, and Foxtail Snow Play Area in Lee Canyon. There is now enough snow that the Foxtail area is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday for $25 per car.

Parking for this location is first come, first served. Remember to check the resort website for details before heading out.

Chain restrictions are typically in effect for the mountains during times of snow, so when restrictions are in effect, you must have chains if the vehicle has no snow tires.

When visiting popular places on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, 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.

The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway facilities and parking area at 2525 Kyle Canyon Road are closed to the public to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.

Free 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 Trailhead, but expect those lots to be snowy due to recent weather.