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About Mt. Charleston

Southern Nevada Conservancy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas, NV, carries out this mission at Spring Mountains National Recreation Area under a formal agreement with the USDA Forest Service (USFS). Founded in 1988 as Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association, Southern Nevada Conservancy has served the Spring Mountains since 2001 and our many programs and services have helped visitors gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the area's cultural and natural resources.


Southern Nevada Conservancy supports Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in many ways including interpretive programming, volunteer management, and retail operations. Other services include:

· Interpretive, guided hikes

· Environmental education programming

· Youth programs on and off-site throughout the year

· Outreach into the local communities and internationally

· Visitor Center information services (i.e. maps, pamphlets, phone calls, website management)

· Special event management (i.e. Spring Cleaning, National Get Outdoors Day, National Public lands Day, Fall Festival, etc)

· Volunteer recruitment, training, and year-round service opportunities, including the popular Snow Host and Trail Host programs

Please consider supporting our mission in the Spring Mountains with a donation or by becoming a member today.

Also known as Mount Charleston, The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area offers opportunities for year-round fun. Learn about the area by exploring our Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, join an interpretative program, or volunteer to conserve the forest environment!

December 1, 2022 SMNRA RECREATION UPDATED AS OF 12 01 22 Visitor Centre The Spring Mountains Visitors Gateway is open from 9am to 4pm, seven days a semaine. Read More December 1, 20,22 Winter Visitors to Spring Mountains can enjoy all types of recreation. Visitor Center The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway is open 9am-4pm 7 days a week. Las Personas Que visitan Spring Mountains En Invierno tienen la oportunidad desfrutar de todosos actividades recreativas. Read More September 27, 2022 More than a Million People rely on Spring Mountains to escape from the noise and heat of Las Vegas.

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on Sun Feb 05 2023
Mt Charleston is so much fun My daughter wanted to go up to Mt Charleston on a Sunday morning We had made sure to pack some snacks water extra clothes before going up to Mt Charleston The weather report stated that we didn t need snow tires or snow chains on our way up to Mt Charleston We noticed there was heavy fog and as soon as we reach... see more
on Sat Jan 28 2023
Beautiful hiking rock climbing area at 7500ft and higher Easy parking to most major trailheads
on Thu Nov 10 2022
Short 30 minute drive from Vegas I ve been wanting to drive to Mt Charleston for a while now and we finally made the short journey The drive was very scenic We saw some cute little critters along the drive The visitor s center offers covered tables you can picnic at while you relax and enjoy the view of the mountains As you continue up the mo... see more
on Thu Sep 08 2022
Of all the paths that you take in life make sure some of them are dirt John Muir The great outdoors Is there any other feeling than getting away from the day to day business of life Happy is here among the dirt and trees Come and gather your thoughts Leave the deadlines behind and recharge No tracking devices Just you and those that are s... see more
on Tue Aug 23 2022
If you love nature hiking and just want to unwind Mr Charleston is a good place to visit family get away away from crowded city nice parking lot with clean bathrooms it has big nice picnic table grill stand and water It s 45 minutes away from Las Vegas downtown
on Sat Jul 02 2022
Summer chair lift experience THE BEST FUN The attendants who serviced the chair left were so great polite did a hard stop for us to get on and off and were very pleasant to talk to Once at the top of the mountain there are beautiful views of the area so be sure to take your camera along It was the best 10 spent Im not a skier so... see more
on Tue Apr 19 2022
Let s get away for a few hours where do you want to go Let s go to Mt Charleston and get some fresh air in nature My family and I love to escape the city life and suburbia life up the hill It s a short drive with no traffic on a scenic route You ll find open land driving up and often contemplate buying acres and building a remote house with ... see more
on Sun Feb 13 2022
Beautiful getaway surrounded by nature just outside of Vegas Great escape in the summer months as it is 20 30 degrees cooler then Vegas Lots of camping options and nature trails
on Fri Jan 21 2022
Beautiful place in any season Really only local people know about this so it s not usually too busy except of course when it snows and all the Vegas locals rush there It is not very accessible anywhere as it is nature all around and dirt trails to hike
on Sun Aug 29 2021
Sometimes it s hard for me to believe that Las Vegas has something so amazing and beautiful Mount Charleston has a great selection of trails to hike and not have to work too hard I recommend Mary Jane Falls Trail Also Cathedral trail is nice just not as difficult The drive up once you are on that long road leading to the mountains is ab... see more
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