Spring Mountains National Recreation Area Reopens Selected Sites
Incident: Carpenter 1 Burn Area Emergency Response Burned Area Emergency Response
SPRING MOUNTAINS REOPENS SELECT SITES
Las Vegas, Nev. – The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area will reopen several trails and developed and dispersed recreation sites to the general public this weekend. Beginning Friday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m. the following facilities will be open:
OPEN TRAILS: Bristlecone, Trail Canyon to Hwy 158, Robbers Roost, Telephone Canyon, Fletcher Canyon, Mary Jane Falls and North Loop to the junction with Trail Canyon.
OPEN RECREATION SITES: Cathedral Rock, Deer Creek, Sawmill, and Lee Meadows picnic areas. Fletcher View is open for day use only. Hilltop Campground and the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort are open to camping.
Due to ongoing fire suppression activities and potential flash flooding this weekend, all National Forest developed recreation sites in Kyle Canyon are open for day use activities only; no overnight camping. Forest closure order number 04-17-13-17 prohibits entry into the Carpenter 1 Fire burned area as well as the following trails:
CLOSED TRAILS AND RECREATION SITES: North Loop Trail at the junction with Trail Canyon Trail, Griffith Peak, South Loop, Cathedral Rock, Echo and Little Falls trails and the Lovell Canyon Trail System. Cathedral Rock and Echo trailheads and Harris Springs and CC Springs dispersed camping areas are also closed. Violations of this order are punishable as a misdemeanor, with individual fines up to $5000 and/or imprisonment of not more than six months. Old Mill, Foxtail, Kyle Canyon picnic areas and Mahogany Grove and McWilliams campgrounds are still closed due to construction.
An increased chance of thunderstorms with the potential to produce heavy rain is forecast this weekend and into next week. Heavy rains have the potential to produce flash flooding in canyons and trigger debris flows. Visitors and residents in Trout, Lovell, Kyle, and Lee Canyons should monitor the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov for any flood watches or warnings issued or listen to the NOAA Weather Radio or local radio stations. Flooding can also happen suddenly without a watch or warning being issued.
If a flood or flash flood warning is issued before you travel to the Spring Mountains, stay home. If you are already in the mountains and come upon a flooded area while driving or walking, turn around and head for higher ground. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet and most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.