Mount Charleston Travel Guide

  • Mount Charleston
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  • Mount Charleston
    by SoCal78
  • Mount Charleston
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Mount Charleston Things to Do

  • Kyle Canyon

    Unless you're visiting just for the skiing, Kyle Canyon will probably occupy most, if not all, of your visit. This is the most popular area within the Spring Mountain Resort boundary. Kyle Canyon is where the Mount Charleston Hotel and Lodge can be found, as well as several residential areas. Most of the most popular trails begin in Kyle Canyon as...

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  • Lee Canyon

    Lee Canyon is the home of the Las Vegas ski and snowboard resort, which runs approximately from Thanksgiving to Easter. Lee Canyon can be reached directed from highway 95 or by the Lee Canyon Road, which connects with Kyle Canyon Road. This road provides some great views of Mount Charleston and some nice spots to stop and admire the view. This area...

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  • Charleston Peak

    Mount Charleston is just under 12,000 feet and is one of the tallest mountains in Nevada. There are two hiking trails that lead to the peak. Both are all day hikes with elevation gains of over 4,000 feet. It is recommended to do this hike in the summer or early fall due to snow levels. In November, it wasn't even conceivable, at least for me. I...

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  • This is why you are here!

    I am just starting this page about my visit to Mount Charleston -- tip info will come in a bit! Until then you are welcome to browse:)

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  • From desert to mountains in 15 flat ...

    I am just starting this page about my visit to Mount Charleston -- tip info will come in a bit! Until then you are welcome to browse:)

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  • The mountains & the FRESH AIR!!

    You are here for the beauty and the ability to breathe fresh air and hear silence. It's an easy trip from Las Vegas for a bit of a change.

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Mount Charleston Restaurants

  • Dining Room at the Mount Charleston...

    I visited on an overbooked Thanksgiving so its hard to judge the quality of the food based on this one experience. The dining room is a large wood-ceilinged room that gives the appearance of being cozy. Large bay windows allow for a daytime view of the mountains. The servers, despite being obviously overworked and constantly harassed (Thanksgiving...

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  • It's your only choice:(

    The food is passable renditions of what you might get at Big Boy or Denny's with a California twist, but the service is, to put it mildly, hit or miss. The view if you are lucky enough to get a window table -- also the hummingbirds who come into the feeders by each window.

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Mount Charleston Nightlife

  • Cliffhanger Lounge- Mount Charleston...

    This is the bar at the Mount Charleston Hotel. Like the rest of the town, the bar closes early (around 9 or 10 or so). But it does have a full selection of liquor in addition to beer and wine and they do play music here. So if you want to go out for an early night on the mountain, this would be the place to go. Appears to be "come as you are." It...

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  • This is IT

    There isn't much choice unless you want to go dance under the stars -- note the rustic decoration -- the theme of the hotel. Whatever's in your suitcase will do!

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Mount Charleston Transportation

  • Canyon Driving

    Driving through the canyons of the Mount Charleston area can be exhilarating on a perfect blue sky day, especially post-snowstorm when a rush of cold air tingles your skin as you cruise past mountain vistas. But the canyon roads are narrow and curvy and some folks may be more interested in the scenery in their periphery than the vehicle coming in...

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  • Driving around Mount Charleston

    Three separate highways lead to the mountain. Kyle Canyon Road (highway 157) passes the Mount Charleston Hotel and Echo Canyon, Lee Canyon Road (highway 156) and Deer Creek Road (highway 158) both offer stunning views and are provide access to numerous trails, including Fletcher Peak and Mummy Mountain.

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Mount Charleston Warnings and Dangers

  • Driving up highway 157 road to Mount...

    When driving up the grade on highway 157 to Mount Charleston be very careful. The posted speed limit on this 2 lane road is 60 mph. Impatient motorists traveling behind you will speed very dangerously tail gating you, and then drive around you passing you up around 80 mph because they act like they got a hot date or something. Please drive the...

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  • Icy winter roads

    Although the main roads are plowed during the winter, ice can still form overnight and the wind can blow snow back onto the roads. Since most of the road has a pretty steep grade, its best to take it slow while driving.

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  • No gas available on the mountain

    There are no gas stations on the mountain. If you plan to do any exploring while you're on the mountain, or you're simply low on gas, its best to fill up before heading up the mountain.

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Mount Charleston Off The Beaten Path

  • A new day

    View of the sunrise from the Mount Charleston Hotel. Its still gray and cloudy at that point, but it will burn off quickly and convert the sky to perfect Nevada blue. Early morning is a great time for a drive on the mountain. While driving, 2 foxes sprinted across the road and a deer meandered roadside, foraging for food.The sun crept slowly past...

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  • An icy afternoon

    Ice and snow accumulate on the balcony of the room at the Mount Charleston Hotel. By midday, most of it has melted into slush. But overnight frosty temperatures will replenish the accumulation.

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  • To build a snowman

    The combination of snow, a long holiday weekend and the start of the Christmas season all contribute to a festive holiday atmosphere. On Mount Charleston, there were lots of snowball fights and snowman building. Someone built this one in a great location for admiring the views of Lee Canyon.

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Mount Charleston Sports & Outdoors

  • Snowshoeing

    Mount Charleston gets plenty of snow away from the slopes. In the picture, several snowshoers are enjoying a trek in one of the wide open spaces in Kyle Canyon. There are plenty of areas to practice your snowshoeing abiity. During the winter, snowshoes are a good idea on trails, especially those in the canyons, as the snowpack is pretty deep in...

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  • Skiing

    The Las Vegas ski and snowboard resort is located in Lee Canyon. It is the closest place to Las Vegas for skiing. The slopes generally open on Thanksgiving, depending on the snowfall. In 2004,a good sized storm came in the weekend before the holiday, which brought a timely beginning to the season as well as large crowds of winter sports...

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Mount Charleston Favorites

  • Echo Canyon

    Echo Canyon is a subdivision located within Kyle Canyon. The Cathedral Rock picnic area is located in Echo Canyon, as are the trails to Mary Jane Falls and Trail Canyon. A very narrow road leads up Echo canyon, past the lodge and into a residential area.

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  • Hiking Charleston Peak

    A hike to the top of Charleston Peak is an all day affair, but the views en route and on summit are supposed to be very rewarding. There are 2 maintained trails leading to the summit, and both have a similar amount of election gain. It is advisable to hike Charleston in the summer, as snow accumulations on the trail in the fall through spring make...

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  • More canyon hikes

    Mount Charleston has numerous great hikes of varying length and difficulty, ranging from a short stroll on a paved trail to an ascent of Nevada's third highest peak. This photo was taken in Feltcher Canyon, along a moderate 2 mile trail with some teriffic views.

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