Mount Charleston
Mount Charleston
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A quiet retreat from the high energy of Las Vegas, this mountain stands at 11,918 feet and offers numerous outdoor activities such as horseback riding, camping and hiking.
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Ernesto Ulloa
4 contributions
Jun 2022
Great when there is snow. Great views, easy access, the lodge have great atmosphere. The mountain is fun for the kids.
Written 3 December 2022
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suedo66
Pewaukee, WI444 contributions
Nov 2022
We went up during November-------------so had snow at top and saw tons of folks sledding with their kids-----------some just brought a piece of cardboard to sled on------------plenty of hikes--of different lengths----short drive up --We capped out at 8000 feet in elevation----nice way to get some variety from vegas
Written 26 November 2022
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Jason T
6 contributions
Oct 2022
My wife lived in Vegas before and I had no idea there was so much outdoor activities to do in Vegas. This place is awesome and only an hour outside of Vegas. Temps were about 10* cooler as well. So beautiful and definitely worth a visit to break up all the casino stuff in Vegas.
Written 25 October 2022
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james pappas
7 contributions
Oct 2021
If you want to see the heat drop by 20 degrees, go here. There are a couple of places to eat and just get out of the heat. Maybe 60 minutes out of town. Too far to Uber.
Written 19 September 2022
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2CatsMom
Omaha, Nebraska69 contributions
Sep 2022
My friend who lives locally in Las Vegas recommended this as a closer and cooler alternative to the Grand Canyon, since it was so dang hot when I went out. My friend goes out here and hikes at least once a month and I can totally see why. It's less than an hour drive northwest from the Las Vegas Strip. If you need a cool green getaway from the heat and crowds of the strip this is a must-see. I was surprised how in the short drive (you also change elevation by 2,000 feet or so coming out of the Las Vegas valley) the temperature dropped at least 20 degrees. You will want to wear good sturdy hiking shoes or sandals and still bring plenty of water and snacks. Even though it's nowhere as hot as Las Vegas, you can still become dehydrated at higher elevations. It reminded me a lot of Colorado or the Black Hills of South Dakota. There are plenty of nice shaded picnic areas as you enter the recreation area and there is a small campground with cabins available in the actual Mount Charleston village. There are several different hiking trails; my friend and I did the Cathedral Rock Trail. You will gradually climb a rocky trail and change elevation of about 1,000 feet as you make your way to the top of Cathedral Rock. There are several spots along the way to stop and take a quick break. The views are breathtaking from the top and you will want to take a break at the summit to take it all in. Great photo opportunities too. But more than anything it's just amazing to think less than an hour from the noise, lights and bustle of the strip such a beautiful and serene place exists. Depending on the time of year you go, there will actually be snow so pack a jacket and warm pants as well. Allow yourself plenty of time and plan on at least 2 hours to climb up then down with time to enjoy the top of the mountain. We got back down to the parking area just as nightfall came, so the drive back to Vegas was cool too. Coming from dark desert wilderness back into the valley and seeing the Strip all lit up was pretty cool too. Definitely take half a day from your time in Vegas to come out and enjoy this oasis of greenery!
Written 19 September 2022
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Richard I
43 contributions
Aug 2022
If you love hiking along a road in the crisp air and clean environment, then Mt. Charleston is for you! This is a great attraction here in Vegas and it is great for kids to experience the outdoors ~
Written 14 September 2022
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Pamela B
Newberg, OR87 contributions
Aug 2022
We stopped at the Spring Mountain Visitors Gateway Center to get information about what we should see while we were in the area for a couple of hours. The very helpful staff gave us some recommendations. We drove up to the Desert View Overlook. It was stunning. We continued the drive to the Lee Meadows area where we hoped to see some wild horses, but none were there. We also drove to the Cathedral Rock area where we tried to find the trailhead for a short hike, but it was simply too hot for our group to hike. Overall, it was a very enjoyable drive. It was a wonderful alternative to the Las Vegas Strip.
Written 5 September 2022
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Richard S
Los Angeles, CA360 contributions
Jun 2022
Short drive outside the strip, with plenty of scenery and relaxation. Pack a lunch and bring water. Winter time is great for skiing
Written 1 September 2022
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Nesto69
Maidstone, UK214 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
An amazing drive up to this mountain. Although there was a thunderstorm and some rain, it all added to the atmosphere of this beautiful location.
Will definitely come back here and visit thins area again.
Written 14 August 2022
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695david
Sao Paulo, SP18 contributions
Jul 2022
Mount Charleston was a great experience! 3 hours hiking in a very nice trail! Will do again! Take water and snacks, easy to park.
Written 18 July 2022
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