(Las Vegas, NV) Ten months ago officials with the Toiyabe National Forest began a facelift on the area designed to allow more people to enjoy the spectacular sights of Mt Charleston.
The Cathedral Rock Group Picnic Area has reopened at the end of Kyle Canyon Road.
Forest officials are marking completion of the project that expanded and renovated a popular picnic area and trailhead high on Mount Charleston about 30 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
“Our folks went in and removed about 1,000 cords of wood to help with the health of the forest. They have removed a large amount of dead trees and now the forest is in a much healthier state,” says U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Christie Kalkowski
Kalkowski says the $8 million project installed more than 80 individual and group picnic spots, a water system, toilet facilities and interpretive signs featuring the Civilian Conservation Corps.
She says workers also removed more than 1,000 cords of wood and undergrowth from the piney and scenic mountain site. It is at elevation of about 7,600 feet above sea level.
Mount Charleston is part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.