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Spotlight on Nevada’s Spring Mountains. The highest point is Mount Charleston, at 11,918 feet (3,633 meters). The area around Mt. Charleston is protected in the Mount Charleston Wilderness. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area features a helpful visitor center.
FYI – The Southern Paiute call Mount Charleston Nuva Kiav or Nuvagantu (“where snow sits”)
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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
After $55M in upgrades, Mount Charleston has fewer camp sites
5,200 acres protected for endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly
Where to stay
2021 fire destroyed much of Mount Charleston Lodge, located at the end of Kyle Canyon Rd/SR 157, with rustic lodging in 23 log cabins and a scenic restaurant and lounge serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. mtcharlestonlodge.com – Facebook
The Resort on Mt Charleston is a rustic and relaxing pet friendly property in mid-Kyle Canyon with hotel rooms, a lounge, restaurant, and banquet facilities. mtcharlestonresort.com
The U.S. Forest Service Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway opened May 30, 2015. Construction began in late 2012.
The 4,300 acre Visitor Gateway in Kyle Canyon features extensive new parking areas, many miles of trail systems, educational facilities, picnicking facilities, shade shelters, several amphitheaters, interpretive displays and information, a Cold War memorial, bookstore, way-finding information, staff to assist visitors with questions and provide information about the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, and a visitors’ center building. The complex is located on Highway 157 at milepost 5.1 near Mt. Charleston, inside the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, a part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.
Austine Wood Comarow
The Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) is at the Mummy Spring Trail junction, North Loop Trail.
Highway 158 (Deer Creek Road)
This Hike To Nevada’s Oldest Living Tree Should Be On Every Nevadan’s Bucket List