McWilliams Campground is located in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, just 50 miles from downtown Las Vegas. Visitors enjoy Mt Charleston camping, hiking, mountain biking and scenic driving in this forested desert oasis.
Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on the 6.2-mile Bristlecone Trail. Upper and lower trailheads are located just above and below the campground. The 1.3-mile Sawmill Trail begins about four miles below the campground just off Highway 156.
This campground contains several single and double-family sites with picnic tables, grills and campfire rings. Flush and vault toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided. Roads and parking spurs are paved.
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 world's 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 campground is situated in a scenic Ponderosa and white pine forest, which offers partial shade. The area affords breathtaking views of the surrounding Spring Mountains.
More than 60 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails crisscross the area. Rock climbing, picnicking and scenic driving are popular activities.
The Spring Mountains Visitor Center in Kyle Canyon offers guided hikes and educational and evening programs. Interpretive displays provide information on local plants, animals and history.
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We went for a night while visiting family and wanted to get one more camping trip in before winter hit. The camp ground was extremely clean and taken care of. The bathrooms were clean and they have a heater! So taking off all layers wasnt so terrible. The view of the moon was beautiful. when we went it was very windy so we didnt explore to much but just from looking around our site we knew we would want to come back. A location so close to Vegas has such beautiful mountain areas.i definitely didnt feel close to Vegas at all
Recently re-opened (Summer 2015), with all new blacktop driveways, concrete picnic/patio areas, very nice fire pits, handicap accessible, newly updated bathrooms (when open), tall old pine trees, and lots of fresh air! Summer 2016 had some challenges with fire restrictions and water shortages, with eventual closure for most of July & Aug. So before you go, check www.reserveamerica.com for alerts & current news. Less than 1 hour from Las Vegas, and a GREAT way to beat the heat!
The campsite is very clean and pretty. We were tent camping and cooking in the provided firepit or on out coleman stovetop. The extra stand for the stove was great and freed up table space for dining and cards. The level tent spots are great. Wild horses came by our tent at night and kept us awake for a short time. Cool to see though. The bristlecone loop trail nearby was an easy to moderate 6 mile trek. I wish there was a shower since we got very sweaty from or hikes. They do have nice clean restrooms and plenty of water to fill up my portable shower.
Very nice spot for tent camping. Each space has a large concrete picnic table and bar b q grill along with a nice fire pit and metal table for your camping stove. There is a 10:00 pm quite time so if you are looking for a place to party this is not it, but if you are looking for a place to relax surrounded by ponderosa pines then you have found the place. There is no hook ups for RVs but in the summer the night tempartures are in the low 60s so no need for air conditioning.
Great campground to escape the Vegas heat. Sites have ample space, fire pits and good distance from neighbors.
Many trees make it so you have a shady spot to camp. Saw multiple birds in the campground as well, including a Western Tanager!
Running water and a helpful host.