Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Infobox_protected_area | name = Spring Mountains
National Recreation Area
iucn_category = V

caption =
locator_x = 41
locator_y = 97
location = Nevada, USA
nearest_city = Las Vegas, Nevada
lat_degrees = 36
lat_minutes = 16
lat_seconds = 18
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 115
long_minutes = 41
long_seconds = 40
long_direction = W
area = 316,000 acres (1,279 km²)
established = August 4, 1993
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
governing_body = United States Forest Service
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) is a U.S. National Recreation Area, administered by the U.S. Forest Service, and lies west of Las Vegas, Nevada. It covers over 316,000 acres (1,279 km²) of land. The area runs from low meadows at around 3,000 feet (900 m) of elevation to Mount Charleston at 11,918 feet (3633 m) in elevation. The SMNRA is a part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It adjoins the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which is administered by the Bureau of Land Management.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is home to several plant and animal species that are threatened. This was the driving force to create the Mount Charleston Wilderness area.

The SMNRA offers many activities from hiking to picnicking to skiing.


The area was first named the Charleston Forest Reserve in 1906.

Additional land was added in 1989 to bring the area up to the current 316,000+ acres (1,279 km²).The area was designated as Spring Mountains National Recreation Area by the U.S. Congress in 1993.


External links

* [http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/districts/smnra.shtml U.S. Forest Service SMNRA Page]
* [http://www.nevadaaudubon.org/Iba/Spring%20Mountains%20IBA.htm A list of species of concern in the area]

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