September 2, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Forest officials are marking completion of a 10-month project that expanded and renovated a popular picnic area and trailhead high on Mount Charleston about 30 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.
U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Christie Kalkowski said Tuesday the Cathedral Rock Picnic Area has reopened at the end of Kyle Canyon Road.
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.