Lee Canyon Trivia and Fun Facts

Learn something new about Lee Canyon and the surrounding Spring Mountains.

Mt. Charleston Peak is the tallest peak in Southern Nevada, towering at 11,916 ft. If you’d like to summit it yourself, there are many ways to get there, with the easiest route starting at either South Loop or North Loop Trailheads. It’s a long one though, so either bring your backpacking gear or make sure you’re up for an all-day hike!

Say hello to the Palmer’s Chipmunk! This is a chipmunk endemic to the Spring Mountains that has unique striping that runs all the way from its back to the top of its head. There are many other chipmunks that roam around, but if you see one that looks like this, you’re seeing a critter you can only find up here around Lee Canyon.

More info here: http://www.ndow.org/Species/Furbearer/Palmer_s_Chipmunk/

J.T. McWilliams had a long history in creating the ‘Lee Canyon’ that we’re familiar with today. In fact it was J.T. McWilliams who helped the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the 1930’s to establish Lee Canyon Ski Resort. Check out Mr. McWilliams on the right surveying some land near Lee Canyon (do those mountains in the background look familiar?

More info here: https://www.library.unlv.edu/speccol/finding-aids/MS-00153.pdf

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