Mount Charleston, NV, USA

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Mount Charleston, NV, USA

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Break away from Sin City to Mount Charleston

A magnet for outdoorsy types no matter the time of year, Mount Charleston beckons from above the skyline of Las Vegas with its winding hiking trails and snow-topped ridges. It's got one of the few operating ski fields in this sun-scorched part of America, and offers the perfect natural counterweight to the gaming halls of Sin City. Instead of the Bellagio Fountains, you'll see babbling streams. Instead of clicking casino chips, you'll hear the clatter of mule deer. Instead of blackjack, it’s snow riding that people live for. And instead of soaring 5-star resorts, it's rustic Mount Charleston vacation rentals and highland cabins on offer.

Get the leg muscles going in Mount Charleston

A vacation in Mount Charleston is all about breaking away from the gaming halls and city sights of Las Vegas for a bout of the wilder side of Nevada. As it soars to over 3,000 meters, this sculpted, chiseled peak hosts long-distance hiking routes and jaw-jangling mountain biking trails. And it's not just about the walking boots here. Ski boots are also necessary gear in the wintertime; perfect for conquering the tree-lined slopes of Lee Canyon. And for après? Well, there are bubbling spas and – of course – casinos besides.

Mount Charleston means ski fields and trails

Aside from scrambling up the trails to the top of Mount Charleston from the town of Mount Charleston, there are miles of other routes to take along the serrated tops of the nearby ridges. Check out the aspen-lined walks of the Bristlecone Trail, conquer the challenging Griffith Peak Trail, seek out the waterfalls on the Mary Jane Falls Trail, or delve into the manzanita of Fletcher Canyon. In the winter, when the snows dust the top of the Spring Mountains, the ski runs of Lee Canyon range from black diamonds to easy blues.

Ski boots or hiking shoes in Mount Charleston

The changing of the seasons ushers in some very different opportunities for travelers heading to this resort town. During the scorching Nevadan summer in July and August, it's all about escaping the heat of Las Vegas for Mount Charleston vacation rentals that have spa pools and good access to the trailheads. And when the snows fall, those with ski gear at the ready can expect a clutch of groomed trails to be open between December and March, along with some ski-in, ski-out chalets at the base of the slopes.

Mount Charleston is highland Nevada

Shrouding the iconic Red Rock Canyon and the hoodoos that topple and lurch around Sin City, Mount Charleston is perfectly situated for both hiking and skiing. The warmer months usher in the period of the mountain trails, which go all around the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, where picnic spots and uber-rare herds of Rocky Mountain Elks reside between the pines. In the winter, the lands of Lee Canyon take center stage, beckoning with their pistes and swinging ski lifts.