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Free Entrance at Red Rock for MLK Holiday

Free Entrance at Red Rock for MLK Holiday

 

The Bureau of Land Management will honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by waiving most fees at Red Rock National Conservation Area.

BLM will waive recreation-related fees January 21. Daily entrance fees normally are as follows:

  • Cars/trucks: $7
  • Pedestrians/motorcycles/bicyclists: $3

Annual passes are available for $30. The canyon features a visitor center, a 13-mile scenic driving loop, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, road biking, picnic areas and nature-observing opportunities.

Other fees, such as overnight camping and group day use, will remain in effect.  

Forest Service Looks for Snow Hosts for Mt. Charleston

Forest Service Looks for Snow Hosts for Mt. Charleston

 

People who look forward to winter and playing in the snow on Mt. Charleston will be interested in volunteer positions through the forest service.

The U.S. Forest Service is looking for Snow Hosts for the Mt. Charleston area of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The hosts will show people places on the mountain to play in the snow and how to be safe. They’ll also be able to take part in the fun while talking to people at snow play sites.

Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and able to work outside in cold conditions. They’ll be working weekends and holidays. An average shift will be between three and six hours. The minimum commitment is two shifts per month, of course, anyone wanting to work more hours can. Volunteers will be needed now through March.

Open House Slated for Mt. Charleston Fire Station

Open House Slated for Mt. Charleston Fire Station

 

The Clark County Fire Department will host a community open house at a volunteer fire station at Mount Charleston next weekend.

Mount Charleston’s Fire Station 81 will hold an open house from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 25 Ski Chalet Place in Kyle Canyon near the community library on State Route 157.

The Southern Nevada Immunization & Health Coalition will offer free immunizations at both open houses. Information about camping safety and wildland fire protection also will be available.

Protection Proposed for Rare Mt. Charleston Butterfly

Protection Proposed for Rare Mt. Charleston Butterfly

 

A rare butterfly found only on Mt. Charleston might get protection under the Endangered Species Act, according to information released Wednesday by the Center for Biological Diversity.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protection today for the Mount Charleston blue butterfly. The decision was the result of a 2011 settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity requiring the Service to speed protection decisions. 

“Protection for the beautiful Mount Charleston blue butterfly comes in the nick of time,” said Tierra Curry, a conservation biologist at the Center. “With very few of the butterflies seen in recent years, their best shot at recovery is the Endangered Species Act, which has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of the plants and animals under its protection.”

Permits for Firewood Available Starting Next Week

Permits for Firewood Available Starting Next Week

 

Permits to get firewood from the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area are set to go on sale September 6.

The permits will be sold from 8 a.m.. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at a lot near mile marker five along Kyle Canyon Road, which is State Route 157. Permit holders are encouraged to bring a chainsaw since most of the wood has not been cut into lengths that can moved easily.

Firewood will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. About 800 cords are available. The wood is mostly ponderosa pine with some mahogany and fir. Each cord cost $20. Each household is limited to five cords. Cash and personal checks will be accepted. Credit cards will not.

All firewood purchases must be finished and picked up by 4:30 p.m. September 30. Any wood that has not been removed by that time will be forfeited. The forest service recommends that people get their wood the same time they get their permits. 

Road Restrictions Planned for Mt. Charleston

Road Restrictions Planned for Mt. Charleston

 

Roads on Mount Charleston will be restricted and closed while crews work to improve trails and parking lots.

The Nevada Department of Transportation will restrict lanes along State Route 158 starting at 7 a.m. Wednesday. NDOT will be test blasting in the area ahead of an excavating project to eventually lengthen and add a new overlook to the trail on State Route 158.

Crews will be cutting into the face of the mountain so that on-coming traffic can see the nearby parking lot, which is being expanded and widened. The lane restrictions will be lifted at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Popular Picnic Areas on Mt. Charleston set to Close

Popular Picnic Areas on Mt. Charleston set to Close

Construction is set to start on several popular recreation sites on Mt. Charleston.

First on the list is the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area. Construction will start July 23. When the renovations are finished, there will be 68 single-unit picnic spots, 20 double-unit spots and two group spots. There will also be gathering spaces, a new water system and new toilet facilities.

Crews will also be expanding the parking area at the trailhead for the Cathedral Rock trail system. The area will be away from the main highway, making for a safer place to park. The renovated area is set to reopen in 2014.

Kyle Canyon Campground will be closed for similar construction starting Saturday. Renovations at that site are expected to be finished in 2013.

The U.S. Forest Service recently finished the renovations at the parking areas for Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon Trailhead.