Want To Cool Off Quick?
Las Vegas is a sauna in the summer months and it gets extremely hot, really, really hot. On one trip to Hoover Dam, I remember that the heat was almost unbearable. The sun reflecting off of all that concrete magnified the effect of the heat. So, there are times when in the area that one just wants to cool off. The good news is there is an easy, fun, and interesting way to do that.
Mt. Charleston is only 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas and is less than an hour drive from the Strip. It is part of the Spring Mountains Range and is the tallest peak in Nevada. It stands at 11, 916 feet at its highest point. There are all kinds of things to do and see there.
The gomtcharleston.com website says:
One option is to drive up Kyle Canyon, across the Deer Creek Highway, and down Lee Canyon for a spectacular driving tour of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The route includes spectacular mountain scenery, a variety of ecosystems and opportunities to observe wildlife. If you want to get into the dirt, we have many OHV trails. For more information on activities click here.
In summer months Mt. Charleston is a perfect place to cool off. It offers a scenic escape from the Strip for those who need a break or can’t stand the heat. This majestic mountain offers a distinct change of scenery and a noticeable decline of temperature, up to 30 degrees cooler at times.
There are various activity options too, including: camping, nature walks, hiking, and horseback riding. There are also wildflowers, butterflies, and wildlife to discover.
In the colder months, November through April, skiing and snowboarding are available. There are resorts and local services that provide lodging as well as skiing, snowboarding, and other outdoor opportunities for all skill levels.
If you decide to take the drive, it’s easy to find Mt. Charleston. Go north on I-15 to the north end of downtown. You will see US 95 heading to the west. Go west until you get to NV 157, turn left and then on to the mountain.