LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Cindi Reed was on Mount Charleston Friday morning as firefighters battled the blaze at the Mt. Charleston Lodge.

When she heard the news that the lodge was destroyed, she summed up what many Las Vegans will have to come to terms with today.

“Everybody loves the lodge. It’s such a Vegas tradition. I mean, it’s really heartbreaking,” Reed said.

The lodge is a tradition for many. A place to go and see the snow — and a mug of hot chocolate from the lodge.

It’s the center of activity in Kyle Canyon when it’s time for a hike, or a special lunch in the mountain air.

Now Las Vegans are mourning the loss of one of their favorite places.

Leonie Mowat, director of operations and communications for the Southern Nevada Conservancy said she was fighting back tears as she drove up the mountain this morning.

“I grew up coming to the Spring Mountains,” Mowat said. “Mt. Charleston was a playground for me growing up. I got married right up here at Cathedral Rock. And now, working here and managing our visitor and volunteer programs, it’s … it’s devastating for me.”

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