Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway Group Picnic Sites

Mount Charleston, Nevada

Book through our partner Recreation Gov

Overview

The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (SMVG) complex includes a visitor center, an education and research building, two amphitheaters, two picnic sites and over 40 miles of adjoining trails. The complex houses the Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial - the only national monument dedicated to the Cold War era, honoring the thousands of individual who worked covertly for the United States government during the Cold War. SMVG is also home to the Seven Stones Plaza, which celebrates indigenous people - seven Southern Paiute tribes known collectively as Nuwuvi (or "the people") and their longstanding ancestral relationship with their creation place in the Spring Mountains. The SMVG is both a destination and a gateway to provide visitors with everything needed to appreciate and enjoy the Spring Mountains.

Recreation

The picnic areas are near a visitor center, two amphitheaters and 40 miles of trails. The Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial is also on the same property. The picnic areas are a short drive from camping areas and scenic outlooks.

Facilities

This year-round picnic area contains two group picnic campsites, which meet accessibility standards. Sites are equipped with picnic tables, campfire ring and grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. The picnic areas are available for full day bookings during non-peak periods and half day bookings during peak periods.

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 an ideal place to escape the heat of the city.

Reviews

Have you stayed here? Be the first to leave a review!


More Places to Stay

Mount Charleston, Nevada

Kyle Canyon Picnic Area Day Use

Overview Kyle Canyon Picnic Area is set in the beautiful Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, just 23 miles from Las Vegas. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding and scenic driving in this ...

Mount Charleston, Nevada

Fletcher View

Overview Fletcher View Campground is set in the beautiful Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, just 24 miles from Las Vegas. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding and scenic driving in this...

Las Vegas, Nevada

Hilltop

Overview Hilltop Campground is set in the beautiful Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, just 40 miles from downtown Las Vegas. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding and scenic driving in t...

Adventures Nearby

  • Summit Mt. Charleston

    Escape the heat and ditch the bright lights of Las Vegas and hike to the summit of Mt. Charleston. Less than an hour drive from Sin City it provides desert dwellers and visitors alike with a dramatic change of scenery and a taste of high-altitude ...

  • Hike Trail Canyon in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    THE TRAIL The Trail Canyon Trail is a 3.6 mile out-and-back moderately trafficked route located in the Mt. Charleston Wilderness located approximately 45 minutes northeast of Las Vegas, NV.  This difficult trail offers access to Mt. Charleston Pea...

    3.6 miles 1584 ft gain

  • Trail Running in Red Rocks Nevada

    Red Rocks's Nevada (officially Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area) has long been one of our favorite climbing destinations. Where else can you find five star moderate 10-pitch rock climbs a short hike from the trailhead? We usually take tw...

    6.5 miles