Mt. Charleston an Hour Away - Worlds Apart

One of my favorite places to get away too is Mount Charleston.  Just an hours drive from the Las Vegas Strip, Mt. Charleston is the perfect escape from the Las Vegas summer heat or a winter woderland covered in snow.  

Mt. Charleston is part of the Springs Mountain Range within the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest of Las vegas and is the highest mountain in the Spring Mountain Range at 12,000 feet.  Despite it's high elevation, Mt. Charelston is remarkably close to the city of Las Vegas and only about 35 miles away.  

Mt. Charelston is a popular recreation area for both residence and visitors alike.  One of my favorite things to do is hike the Mary Jane Falls Trail, a 3.2 mile round trip moderate hike were you're rewarded with a breathtaking water fall that flows almost all year.  Other popular trails include the Bristlecone Loop, Desert View Overlook and the Cathedral Rock Trail.

Popular in the winter time is the Lee Canyon Ski Resort, yes that's right you can snow ski in Las Vegas! Lee Canyon offers two chair lifts and 35 trails to ski and snowboard.  Annual snow fall averages 129 inches and also has snow making capabilities to cover over 400 acres.  All the gear you may need is available to rent on a daily basis. 

Starting in 2022, Lee Canyon offers outdoor recreation for all four seasons with a new downhill mountain bike park. Designed and built by Gravity Logic—the developer behind other leading bike parks at Mt. Bachelor and Killington—Lee Canyon Mountain Bike Park will offer a mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced mountain biking terrain, including all kinds of jump trails and single track. The Lee Canyon Mountain Bike Park will open with several trails catering to all ability levels in September 2022, with even more miles added in the 2023 season.

The Retreat at Charleston Peak is an elegant rustic lodge elevated 6,700ft in the Kyle Canyon and located 45 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip.  A place to experience the beautiful view of the mountains with dinner, escape the heat of the desert with a cool drink in hand, or explore nature in peace with a comfortable bed to return to at the end of the day.

Overall, Mount Charleston is a popular destination for those seeking outdoor activities, natural beauty, and a break from the urban environment of Las Vegas. Whether for hiking, skiing, or simply enjoying the mountain scenery, Mount Charleston offers a diverse range of experiences throughout the year.

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