Kyle Canyon Picnic Area is set in the beautiful Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, just 23 miles from Las Vegas. Visitors enjoy hiking, horseback riding and scenic driving in this forested desert oasis. Natural Features: The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is a beautiful island in the desert, brimming with breathtaking scenery and diverse flora and fauna. The Bristlecone pine, the worlds oldest organism, and the rare Mount Charleston blue butterfly are both found within the Spring Mountains. More than 100 springs create the namesake for the mountain range, making it an ideal place to escape the heat of the city. The picnic area is set in an open forest of ponderosa pine, mountain mahogany and Gambel oak, which provides partial shade. Manzanita and wild roses dot the landscape. A seasonal stream and the highway parallels the area. Most sites have views of the surrounding towering canyon walls. Recreation: The 1.6-mile Fletcher Canyon Trail begins nearby. Facilities: This year-round picnic area contains several single and double sites, four of which are accessible. Sites are equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved. Nearby Attractions: More than 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the area; two trails allow mountain biking. Rock climbing, picnicking and scenic driving are popular activities.
No overnight camping permitted. Not very busy on weekdays. Near the main road (Kyle Canyon and Forest Road), so a good place to stop if you want to eat at one of the tables after a hike. Saw a decent amount of birds attracted by the food (not that we fed them). Used to be near the visitor's center but that has since been moved down the road.