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Mt. Charleston Gets Ready for Busy Memorial Day Weekend
Mt. Charleston Gets Ready for Busy Memorial Day Weekend


The businesses and the U.S. Forest Service on Mt. Charleston are bracing for a busy holiday weekend.

The forest service spent Friday putting up signs reminding people about fire restrictions. No wood or charcoal fires are allowed in the mountains. Gas stoves are allowed. With dry conditions and high winds, the forest is ripe for a major fire. A ticket for violating the fire restrictions can be as much as $250.

The cooler conditions could mean that more people stay in the Las Vegas valley for the holiday weekend.

"The weather dictates a lot of our visitation. A lot of the times, when it is hot in Las Vegas, we tend to get a lot more people," U.S. Forest Service Fire Prevention Officer Ray Johnson said.

"We are at the mercy of Mother Nature on this mountain. When it snows in the winter people come up and when it gets triple digits in Las Vegas we get packed," Operations Manager at Mt. Charleston Lodge Thomas Schneekloth said.

The Mt. Charleston Lodge expects Sunday and Monday to be the busiest days for them. There will be live entertainment and barbecue at the lodge on Sunday.

There are six designated campgrounds in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. They are $10 for a single-family campsite and $20 for a multi-family campsite. The campsites are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Campers can visit the U.S. Forest Service Visitors Center to reserve a site. Some sites are under construction. A campsite used in past Memorial Day weekends may not be available this year.