Nevada's Spring Mountains are a range of mountains and canyons that run in a north-south direction in the southern part of the state. The general boundaries are defined as US 95 travelling from the Las Vegas Valley to the Amargosa Valley on the north, I-15 near the Ivanpah Valley near the California/Nevada border on the south, thee Las Vegas Valley on the east, and the Pahrump Valley on the west.
The Spring Mountains provide many off road trails for the Jeep enthusiast. Most notable are Rocky Gap Trail and Wheeler Pass. Both trails provide fun and challenging terrain to test you Jeep's off-road capabilities. See the trail pages for more details on these.
The south end of the Spring Mountains, mostly consists of typical desert mountains found in the region and includes yucca and cacti. Characterized by rugged mountain terrain, these areas are seldom visited unless you have a Jeep where you will be able to to enjoy the Spring Mountains in a way that many can not. Many of the lower elevation section found throughout the range also share these characteristics.
The northern parts of the Spring Mountains primarily consists of higher mountain and pine landscapes that typically see a large snowfall in the winter. Nine of these peaks are above 10,000 feet elevation. This section of the range is a welcome relief from the hot temperatures in the valleys below in summer. During the winter, these peaks are quite the alpine environment and actually include a ski resort.
Spring Mountains' mid section is notable for the sandstone bluffs of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. These bluffs offer rock climbers some of the best climbing areas in the country. With great weather throughout the year, beautiful scenery, and close proximity to Las Vegas, the area is a popular destination for all type of outdoor activity.
Most of the land in the Spring Mountains is owned by the United States Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. It is managed as the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Names for the numerous springs throughout the range, The Spring Mountains divide the Pahrump Valley and Amargosa River basins from the Las Vegas Valley watershed. The Las Vegas Valley watershed drains into the Colorado River generally by the Las Vegas Wash into Lake Mead, making the Spring Mountains part of the Great Basin boundary.
The highest point is Mount Charleston at 11,918 ft. and is part of the Mount Charleston Wilderness. With temperatures typically 20-30°F cooler than the Las Vegas valley, it is a the go to area for Las Vegas residents and visitors to cool off in the summer. The Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort is in Lee Canyon on State Highway 156 just north of Mount Charleston. In addition to Mount Charleston, the Spring Mountains has many other major peaks including Mummy Mountain, McFarland Peak, Griffith Peak, Mount Potosi, Bridge Mountain, Mount Wilson, and Bonanza Peak.
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