Foxtail Grp Picnic Area

Mount Charleston, Nevada

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Overview

Foxtail Group Picnic Area is located in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, just 47 miles from downtown Las Vegas. Visitors enjoy hiking, mountain biking, scenic driving, and winter snowplay in this forested desert oasis.

Recreation

Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on the 1.3-mile Sawmill Trail and the 6.2-mile Bristlecone Trail. Both begin just a short drive from Foxtail. When there is at least 12 inches of snow on the ground, Foxtail becomes a winter playground for sledding and tubing.

Facilities

This picnic area is a day-use site only. During the summer, seven group sites are available, each with picnic and serving tables, grills and campfire circles. The two largest have pavilions and fireplaces. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. During the winter, fees are per vehicle for snowplay. There is a selfpay station. Firerings will be usable. Restrooms will be provided.

Natural Features

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is a beautiful island in the desert, brimming with breathtaking scenery and diverse flora and fauna. The Bristlecone pine, the world's oldest organism, and the rare Mount Charleston blue butterfly are both found within the Spring Mountains.

More than 100 springs create the namesake for the mountain range, making it the perfect place to escape the heat of the city.

The picnic area is set among a forest of towering ponderosa pine which provides limited shade. The area affords views of the surrounding Spring Mountains.

Nearby Attractions

More than 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the area; two trails allow mountain biking. Rock climbing, picnicking and scenic driving are popular activities.

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