National Recreation Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Clark / Nye counties, Nevada, United States|
|Nearest city||Las Vegas, Nevada|
SPRING MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA Latitude and Longitude:
|Area||316,000 acres (1,280 km2)|
|Established||August 4, 1993|
|Governing body||United States Forest Service|
|Website||Spring Mountains National Recreation Area|
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.
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.
Forest Service sign at the Visitor center