The heat of the Nevada desert may prevent any adventurer from venturing outside. Luckily, you can find a variety of activities and attractions on Mount Charleston, a get-away just a short drive from the bustling Las Vegas Strip. The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, better known as Mount Charleston, offers an escape from the heat, a snowy wonderland in the winter, and an all-around different kind of adventure.
4. Ski and Snowboard Resort at Lee Canyon
Location: 6725 Lee Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89124
The Lee Canyon Ski and Snowboard Resort offers both winter and summer activities ranging from winter sports to hiking, archery, and ax throwing.
From December to February, Lee Canyon’s ski lifts run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. everyday. Single-day passes, season passes, and rental equipment are all available. If you prefer an alternative to hitting the slopes, tubing is also an exciting option, especially for kids.
3. Camping and Picnicking
Mount Charleston has numerous free picnic areas and campgrounds available for a small fee. The campgrounds usually require cash payment, and some, such as McWilliams Campground, can be reserved in advance. You can get away from the city for a while to have lunch or spend the day adventuring, then build a campfire and relax under the stars.
Many of the picnic areas and campgrounds, located throughout both Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon, offer great views of the mountains. Parking is also often shared with nearby hiking trails.
Hours: Day Use
With over 60 miles of trails ranging from easy to extreme, there is a hiking trail for all skill and interest levels, whether you are looking for a casual walk or a strenuous hike.
Mary Jane Falls is one of the most popular hikes on the mountain. This 3.2-mile out and back trail is accessible through the Echo parking lot off Kyle Canyon Road from spring to fall. If you are willing to brave the challenging switchbacks, you may discover the seasonal waterfall fed by melted snow at the end.
1. The Retreat on Charleston Peak
Location: 45 minutes from the Strip
If you would like to stay the night on the mountain and be close to the other activities but would prefer not to camp, there is a hotel at the base of the Charleston peak off Kyle Canyon Road.
The Retreat offers scenic views as well as an all-day restaurant. Reservations can be made online or over the phone for stays and booking events such as company retreats and intimate weddings.