Spring Mountains National Recreational Area, Blue Diamond

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The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area 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 of land. The area runs from low meadows at around 3,000 feet of elevation to Mount Charleston at 11,918 feet 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.HistoryThe 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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  • Visited with the whole family. It a very natural place where you can see nature at its best. It is expectacular. The mountains the flora and sometimes visible fauna are unimaginable We were lucky to s...  more »
  • We did not even know about this area, but as it is only a bit over an hour from the Vegas Strip. It is up at 7,000 to 8,000 feet and beautiful. Don't miss the two highlights: (1) the Visitors Center o...  more »
  • If you need a respite from the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, but at the same time you want to avoid the heat of the desert, this is definitely the place to go. A vast mountainous area covered with ancient forests, is really the place to escape the city bustle and find both a bit of refreshment. My family and I decided to walk the path by which you reach the waterfalls of "Mary Jane" (quiet, although they have retained the old name today the site is one hundred percent not to be frequented by children, if you feel comfortable in take them in the mountains). We parked the car right at the beginning of the trail, where there were special places and no fee. From what we could see, there are many of these free car parks in the area. Are very convenient if you decided to drive through the Park to stop every so often and take a few photos at the panorama (which it is definitely worth it).
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