Getting on snowshoes and heading up a snowy mountain trail may not come to mind as a winter activity for Las Vegas visitors, but Mt. Charleston beckons with an alpine winter wonderland only an hour's drive from the Strip. A U.S. Forest Service interpretive naturalist will outfit visitors with snowshoes for a one-mile trek into the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (SMNRA) of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to experience the wonders of a snow-clad forest while discovering how plants and animals survive the cold. The trail is rated easy to moderate, but participants should wear clothing that protects their heads, hands and feet from snow, cold, and wind. Interpretive walks are provided Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. all winter for individuals, families and groups. Special group arrangements are available weekdays. For details and reservations visit or call the SMNRA Education Department at 702-839-5566. Forest Service interpretive walks and other programs are provided year-round at no charge through a partnership with the Great Basin Institute. For more information contact Jennifer Falkof at 702-839-5566.