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The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, also known as Mount Charleston, offers opportunities for year-round fun: hiking, camping, picnicking, plus winter snow activities.

When you visit, join a guided hike with a naturalist to learn about the plants and animals unique to the Spring Mountains, attend a campfire program to learn how the mountains were formed, or trek through the snow on a guided snowshoe hike.

Things To Do at Mt Charleston

Go to a Program! A variety of fun, engaging, and educational programs are available throughout the year. They're the perfect opportunity to learn something about the Spring Mountains and to have fun with the whole family. View programs offered at Mt. Charleston.

Go volunteer! Every year volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to enhance recreational opportunities and care for ecosystems across the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Get more information about volunteering at Mt Charleston.

Go Hiking! Trails will lead you into lush forests with views of steep limestone cliffs, through one of the West's most unique Bristlecone Pine forests, and along alpine slopes with views from California to Utah. See a list of trails to hike at Mt. Charleston.

Go Camping! All seven developed campgrounds in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area are located in the Mt. Charleston area within Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon. See a list of of campsites at Mt Charleston. To reserve a campsite call 877-444-6777 or go to

Go Picnicking! See a list of picnic sites at Mt Charleston. Picnic sites open once they are no longer buried in snow.

Go Play in the snow! Heated Restrooms and safe areas to sled can be found at the Foxtail Group site in Lee Canyon. See our snow play page for more information!

Go Horseback Riding! All trails except the upper section of the Bristlecone Trail are open to horseback riding. However the following trails are not recommended due to steep dangerous terrain or heavy visitor use: Cathedral Rock, upper elevation sections of the North Loop, Mary Jane Falls, and Robber's Roost.

Go Wildlife and Wildflower Viewing! The Spring Mountains are a forested oasis in the desert and a great place for wildlife viewing. Abundant wildflowers, many of them found only in the Spring Mountains, charm hikers throughout the summer months. Trails and trailheads, campgrounds, and day-use picnic areas are ideal locations for wildlife and wildflower viewing.

Go on a Scenic Drive! Drive up Kyle Canyon, across the Deer Creek Highway, and down Lee Canyon for a spectacular driving tour of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The route includes spectacular mountain scenery, a variety of ecosystems and opportunities to observe wildlife.

Go Mountain Bike Riding! The Bristlecone and the Sawmill Trails offer loop opportunities that include single track and great views. Mountain bike riding is not allowed in wilderness areas or on other trails as posted.

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