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Encyclopedia > Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) 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 (1,279 km²) of land. The area runs from low meadows at around 3,000 feet (900 m) of elevation to Mount Charleston at 11,918 feet (3633 m) 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. The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... National Recreation Area is a designation for a protected area in the United States usually centered on large reservoirs and emphasizing water-based recreation for a large number of people. ... The USDA Forest Service, a United States government agency within the United States Department of Agriculture, is under the leadership of the United States Secretary of Agriculture. ... Sign just to the south of the Las Vegas Strip welcoming visitors to the city Las Vegas from U.S. Highway 93 Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada and a major tourist, shopping, vacation and gambling destination. ... Mount Charleston as seen from the North Loop Trail in late April. ... The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) is the only U.S. National Forest located in the U.S. state of Nevada. ... The Red Rock Canyon of Nevada is a canyon featuring a set of large red sandstone peaks and walls. ... The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is an agency within the United States Department of the Interior which administers Americas public lands, totaling 262 million acres (1,060,000 km²) or one-eighth of the landmass of the country. ...

The (SMNRA) 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 sking.


The 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 Spring Mountains National Recreation Area designation was created in 1993. 1906 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003) Events Media:January January 1 - Czechoslovakia divides. ...

External links

U.S. Forest Service SMNRA Page (http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/districts/smnra.shtml)

has a list of SPECIES of CONCERN in the area (http://www.nevadaaudubon.org/Iba/Spring%20Mountains%20IBA.htm)



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