NEVADA (KTNV) — The Spring Mountains and recreational areas are expected to stay crowded through the holiday season.
With fresh snow in the mountains in Southern Nevada, visitation to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area has been steady and is expected to remain that way through the new year.
Visitors are encouraged to head to their destination early. They should also expect intermittent traffic delays, according to Clark County.
The county also says for visitors to not sled in any areas with less than 12 inches of snow or near traffic or dangerous items such as trees and rocks.
Due to the federal government shutdown, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway in Kyle Canyon will also remain closed.
Go Mount Charleston, operated by the Southern Nevada Conservancy, is offering winter break programs at the Old Mill Picnic Area of Lee Canyon on Dec. 29, Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. The organization’s Junior Ranger program starts at 11 a.m. on those dates with guided hikes at noon.
Lee Canyon Resort is open for the season, and the county says for visitors to again prepare for a busy New Year's Eve weekend - as over 25,000 cars can make the trip to Lee and Kyle Canyons over the extended weekend.
Clark County communications encourage visitors to keep these tips in mind:
- Anticipate higher traffic volumes during weekends and holidays. Weekdays, early morning, and non-holiday times may provide fewer crowds and better access. Go early, be patient, and abide by traffic laws.
- Follow all posted parking signs. Illegally parked vehicles may be fined and towed. Roadside parking is prohibited in Kyle Canyon past the intersection of Nevada State Routes 157 (Kyle Canyon Road) and 158 (Deer Creek Road).
- Wear appropriate outdoor clothing including layering light and warm clothing, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
- Use sturdy sleds for snow play, not makeshift items like cardboard boxes.
- Do not trespass on private property or closed areas.
- Please help keep the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Take trash home or put it in provided trashcans or dumpsters.
The Mount Charleston Winter Alliance promotes public safety during the winter months with partners including Clark County, Las Vegas police, Nevada Highway Patrol and Mount Charleston Fire Protection District.