What you need to know if recreating on the  Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest over Memorial Day weekend

It is time to gather the family and gear and head to your favorite recreation spot. Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off for the summer and traditionally a very busy weekend on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

To help visitors plan for Memorial Day weekend, see the brief status below of what recreation sites may be open in each Forest unit. Remember it is best to check with the local Forest Service office (fs.usda.gov/detail/htnf/about-forest/offices) for updates on campgrounds and day-use sites opening dates, road and trail conditions, etc. Many campgrounds and day-use sites on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest require reservations so it is best to visit Recreation.gov to see if they are open and spots are still available.

District information
Austin-Tonopah Ranger District ((775) 482-6286)
All campgrounds and day-use sites are open for Memorial Day weekend, however sites that require creek crossings should be approached with caution for both depth and flows with only high-clearance vehicle crossings recommended. Many roads, including the ones that access wilderness trailheads and trails, have sustained significant damage due to storms, including Tropical Storm Hilary. Only trails at lower elevations are accessible, but most have not been assessed following the winter season. Be prepared for patchy snow and possible deadfall. Road and trail assessments are planned over the next three to four weeks.

Bridgeport Ranger District ((760) 932-7070)
All campgrounds and day-use sites will be open for Memorial Day weekend, except for Trumbull Lake Campground and Virginia Creek (Upper and Lower) Dispersed Campground. Also, Buckeye and Bodie Roads are open, but Leavitt Lake Road is still closed. Only trails at lower elevations are accessible, but most have not been assessed following the winter season. Be prepared for patchy snow and possible deadfall.

Carson Ranger District ((775) 882-2766)
All campgrounds and day-use sites will be open for Memorial Day weekend, except for Mt. Rose and Silver Creek Campgrounds. Also, lower elevation dispersed camping is available. Only trails at lower elevations are accessible, but most have not been assessed following the winter season. Be prepared for patchy snow and possible deadfall. Additionally, hikers on the Thomas Creek and Whites Creek trails near Reno, Nevada, need to keep their dogs on leash, while on these two trails. Forest Order 04-17-24-06 is in place to prevent dogs from harassing or harming sheep that are grazing in the area to reduce hazardous fuels. Anyone that violates this Forest Order could be subject to fines of up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail. In addition, if a dog injures or kills a sheep, the dog’s owner could be held civilly and criminally liable.

Ely Ranger District ((775) 289-3031)
All campgrounds will be open for Memorial Day weekend. The Bird Creek, Timber Creek, and Ward Mountain Campground will not have water. Also, lower elevation dispersed camping is available. Most trails are fully accessible, however there may still be snow patches at higher elevations.

Mountain City-Ruby Mountains-Jarbidge Ranger District ((775) 738-5171)
All campgrounds and day-use sites will be open for Memorial Day weekend, except for Angel Lake and Terraces Group Campground and Picnic Area. Lamoille Canyon Road is accessible to Terraces Group Campground and Picnic Area. Lower elevation dispersed camping is available. Only trailheads at lower elevations are accessible, but most have not been assessed following the winter season. Be prepared for patchy snow and possible deadfall. Higher elevation trails and roads may still be under snow.

Santa Rosa Ranger District ((775) 623-5025, Ext. 4)
Lye Creek Campground is still inaccessible due to snow drifts on the road. Current road conditions will also make it difficult to access District trailheads and trails over the Memorial Day weekend. ​​​​​​​

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area ((702) 872-5486)
Most campgrounds and day-use sites will be open for Memorial Day weekend. The public can also look forward to having two miles of Mack’s Canyon Road, South Loop Trail and Little Falls Trail (accessible from Cathedral Rock Trailhead), and Lower Bristlecone Trailhead and Trail reopened. The following roads, trails, and developed recreation sites are closed indefinitely due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Hilary

  • Deer Creek Road (Nevada Highway 158)
  • Deer Creek Picnic Area
  • Kyle Canyon (Nevada Highway157):
  • Mary Jane and Trail Canyons Trailheads and Trails, Cathedral Rock Trail, Echo Road, and Powerline Access Road
  • Lee Canyon (Nevada Highway 156): Upper Bristlecone Trailhead and Trail

Visitors are also reminded to plan ahead, check current conditions, and look out for potential hazards. For “Know Before You Go” tips, visit bit.ly/HTKnowBeforeYouGo.

If recreating on rivers, near lakes, or waterfalls, please remember that at this time of year, the water is colder, deeper, and faster. Use caution along any body of water. For water safety tips, visit fs.usda.gov/visit/know-before-you-go/water-safety.

In addition, “Tread Lightly” on Forest roads and trails that are wet, muddy, or snowy by limiting or avoiding use to prevent damage (treadlightly.org/learn/recreation-tips/). Causing damage can be a violation of federal regulations, which could carry a fine up to $5,000 and/or six months in jail.

Drivers should use defensive driving techniques by adjusting vehicle speed to current weather and road conditions and watching out for flooded roadways, washed-out culverts and bridges, and fallen rocks and trees. Please check road status by contacting the local Forest Service office or by consulting the Forest’s Motor Vehicle Use Maps to determine when roads and motorized trails are open. MVUMs can be found at bit.ly/HTNFMVUM. The Forest also posts road and trail conditions, as they are reported, at bit.ly/Road_TrailConditions. Directions on how to report road and trail damage can also be found on this web page.

Currently, the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is in Stage 1 fire restrictions. For details on what is prohibited, visit bit.ly/HTNFFireRestrictions. To learn more about fire restrictions, check out these frequently asked questions at bit.ly/FireRestrictionsFAQs.

For up-to-date information on fire restrictions across the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and Nevada Division of Forestry, please visit: nevadafireinfo.org/restrictions-and-closures. In California, please check with the appropriate land management agency for current fire restrictions.

For additional information on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest,visit fs.usda.gov/htnf or participate in the conversation at twitter.com/HumboldtToiyabeand facebook.com/HumboldtToiyabeNF/.