MT CHARLESTON, NV
Just a short 40 minute drive northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada is Mount Charleston, located in the Spring Mountains. The vibrant colors of the trees, mountainous landscape, cooler temps, and variety of biking and hiking trails makes Mt. Charleston a year-round scenic retreat, for both locals and visitors. Regardless of what outdoor activity you seek, Mt. Charleston offers it!
Take a scenic drive to the end of Kyle Canyon and enjoy a nice meal at the Mt. Charleston Lodge. Their fish n' chips is delicious! Service is great and the view is unbeatable. They often have live music as well. You could also stop at the Mt. Charleston Visitors Center to explore the history of the mountain and participate in group activities and events.
Looking for a simple or challenging hike? Mt. Charleston has it. Little Falls is one of our favorites. It's a short 1.5 miles roundtrip and takes you to a small seasonal waterfall. The trail is a bit steep in parts, but totally doable for even young kids. Just plan to take breaks along the way and pack plenty of water. Even the beginning part of the Mary Jane Falls trail is fun for kids to explore. It does get quite steep when you make it to the switchbacks, but up until that point, the trail is a gradual climb through a forested canyon. It's gorgeous especially in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. Other fun hiking trails to check out are the Bristlecone Trail, Robber's Roost, Fletcher Canyon, Mummy Springs or the Sawmill Loop. If you're ready for a more advanced hiking trail, try Cathedral Rock, Griffith Peak, Mary Jane Falls, Trail Canyon, Bonanza, North Loop or South Loop.
If Mountain Biking is more your thing, there's an endless network of trails to ride. Some of the most popular mountain bike trails are Tin Can Alley, Lower Showgirl, Bristlecone, the Twilight Loop, and Little Daytona.
You'll also find a wide network of trails if you want to take your Jeep Wrangler or off-road vehicle off-road. Angel Peak, Telephone Canyon, Champion Road and Mack's Canyon are some of our favorite trails on Mt. Charleston.
Set up camp in the thickly forested campgrounds, either by selecting a cement pad site with limited hookups and restrooms or go primitive and camp off-grid. Both options are fantastic choices at Mt. Charleston. Fletcher View Campground is up Kyle Canyon, Hilltop Campground is near Robber's Roost on the North Loop that connects Kyle Canyon with Lee Canyon. Or McWilliams Campground is up Lee Canyon. All three campgrounds have easy access to hiking trails, rock climbing, scenic overlooks and mountain bike trails. It's recommended that you reserve a site ahead of time, but first-come first-serve sites are also available. Bring your own water!
Or if you want a weekend getaway, without the dirt of camping, book at room at the Mt. Charleston Resort for a luxurious nights stay in the beauty of the thickly forested canyon.
Regardless of what you choose to do when you visit Mt. Charleston, there's something for everyone and you'll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!
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