Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

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Spring Mountains
National Recreation Area
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Spring MountainsNational Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Spring MountainsNational Recreation Area
Location Clark / Nye counties, Nevada, USA
Nearest city Las Vegas, Nevada
Coordinates 36°16′18″N 115°41′40″W / 36.27167°N 115.69444°W / 36.27167; -115.69444Coordinates: 36°16′18″N 115°41′40″W / 36.27167°N 115.69444°W / 36.27167; -115.69444
Area 316,000 acres (1,279 km2)
Established August 4, 1993
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.

History[edit]

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.

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