Mount Charleston is 11,000 feet higher than the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and offers tourists several activities such as hiking, skiing, and horseback riding. It’s one of the highest mountain peaks in the city, where you’ll find fresh air and silence. Animals like deer, squirrels, wild donkeys and being surrounded by pine trees make Mount Charleston a peaceful picnic place away from city life.
Moreover, Mount Charleston offers incredible Airbnb rentals for tourist accommodation needs if they plan to stay. This getaway resort destination is covered in snow for more than six months a year while offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Whether you’re planning a relaxing vacation or a hiking adventure, this guide will discuss the top things to do when visiting Mount Charleston.
A Relaxing time at Deer Creek Picnic Site
If you like day trips and want to have a relaxing picnic with friends and family in Mt. Charleston, visit the Deer Creek Picnic Site beside the Deer Creek highway. The site offers amenities, including tables, restrooms, and desert views, as well as panoramic vistas of the beautiful mountains.
Bristlecone Loop Trail, Tin Can Alley, Kraft Mountain Loop, and Calico Tanks Trails are some of the most popular trails near the site. Moreover, the picnic site allows free entry and gives close access to a stream running parallel to it.
Enjoy The Views at Fletcher View Campgrounds
Fletcher View Campgrounds is located in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which is closed only in the monsoon season. The campground amenities include restrooms, tables, drinking water, campfire provisions, and 30- and 50- ampere hookup units.
The campground is well-maintained and the perfect getaway spot on a hot day in summer. You can also explore the forests surrounding Mount Charleston and indulge in activities such as wildlife viewing, camping, hiking, and biking.
Echo Trail Hiking
This trail runs along the forests of ponderosa pine and white fir trees while offering a breathtaking view across Kyle Canyon. You can also enjoy the wildlife on this trail, but it’s generally used for nature trails, walking, and hiking.
Dine at Mt. Charleston Lodge
The lodge is 7,000 feet high and surrounded by juniper and ponderosa pine trees. It offers accommodation options such as mountain cabins featuring spectacular views from the windows and rustic vibes.
Mount Charleston also has a lounge area and a full bar with an elegant ambiance for candlelight dining with your partner, friends, or family in the evening. The lodge is the only dining option on top of Kyle Canyon and a preferable place for many tour groups and hikers because of its views.
Begin the Adventure at Spring Mountains Visitor Getaway
Spring Mountains Visitor Getaway features reclaimed land, a golf course, trails, and exhibits. It offers pure adventure as it is an entrance to multiple picnic sites, small amphitheaters, an education building, the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial, and the Seven Stones Plaza. It’s also a starting point for different popular trails.
Visit the Caves in Robbers Roost Trail
This short loop trail leads to limestone caves, winding through forests of pinion pine and mountain mahogany trees. According to folk tales, the caves concealing livestock and stolen goods were used by local bandits as a hideout.
Winter Sports to enjoy at Mount Charleston
If you visit Mount Charleston during winter, you’ll come across the Las Vegas Ski and Resort on your trip to Lee Canyon. It opens at Thanksgiving and closes at Easter each season. Las Vegas ski extending up to 70 acres has 10 feet deep ice powder each year, making it a skiable territory.
Enjoy Chipmunks at Cathedral Rock Trail
Starting in Maze Canyon, Cathedral Rock Trail runs through the forests of white fir and ponderosa pine trees. It’s known as one of the most vibrant spots in Mount Charleston and features a waterfall, stunning views of Kyle Canyon, and many shaded spots that have benches for tourists to reenergize themselves during the hike.
Cathedral Rock Trail is one of the few trails on earth where you can find Palmer chipmunks. Moreover, during winter, the trail is an avalanche path.
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