Mount Charleston
Mount Charleston
4.5
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Experience the great outdoors at Mount Charleston, a quiet mountain retreat surrounded by tranquil, verdant landscapes just 30 minutes from Las Vegas. It is one of the largest peaks of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area with plenty of activities available, like hiking, horseback riding, camping under the stars, climbing and biking. Visit during winter for skiing, snowing and sledding, or during the shoulder seasons for fall foliage or spring wildflowers. Just remember to check for last-minute closures to avoid disappointment. Whatever the season, don't miss all the best sights with a guided tour of Mount Charleston. – Tripadvisor
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Yugo222
San Diego, CA19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We went to the part where you pay to get in where the picnic tables are and trails and there were large groups 2x with unbelievable loud music blaring and bouncing off the mountains. I mean this is supposed to be a place of peace and nature not taking your 20 kids and such and blare music. Was sooo horrible we couldn't stay and we paid 18 dollars entrance fee.
Written August 10, 2021
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K B
Fergus, Canada15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Mount Charleston is a short 45 minute drive from the Vegas strip. We had an open air convertible and were surprised at the difference in temps form the valley to the peak (about 8500 ft elevation). A great afternoon drive, but dress warm!
Written March 6, 2020
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Pamela B
Newberg, OR84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We stopped at the Spring Mountain Visitors Gateway Center to get information about what we should see while we were in the area for a couple of hours. The very helpful staff gave us some recommendations. We drove up to the Desert View Overlook. It was stunning. We continued the drive to the Lee Meadows area where we hoped to see some wild horses, but none were there. We also drove to the Cathedral Rock area where we tried to find the trailhead for a short hike, but it was simply too hot for our group to hike. Overall, it was a very enjoyable drive. It was a wonderful alternative to the Las Vegas Strip.
Written September 5, 2022
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Thomas Sims
Las Vegas, NV372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Amazing views from up there. If you go in spring or fall, layer up. Bring lots of water and snacks. Hiking poles are helpful. You should be in decent shape to try it.

Distance: 17.4 miles
Elevation gain: 4,890 feet
Elevation peak: 11,916 feet
Time: 9 hours & 54 minutes

The debris is from a CIA military plane crash from the 1950s.
Written October 10, 2020
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coachee1313
Montvale, NJ1,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This spot is quite a find. You literally go from the desert to a mountain forest in 45 minutes. Great for hikes and even winter snow boarding. Very much worth it for a day off the strip.
Written January 5, 2020
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mnguru1
Edina, MN554 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I only gave it a four star because we were caught in a snow storm and couldn't hike or truly experience the mountain. It is only 1.5 hours from Vegas and you won't believe how lush it is. It reminded me of Lake Tahoe area or Flagstaff. Definitely beautiful and will try to hike it this summer on a different visit.
Written April 2, 2023
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Laura M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We wanted to go up Mount Charleston for the view and experience. We stayed in the cottages and ate at the nearby hotel, very delicious, reasonably priced, comfortable bed, clean, hot tub for two, personal fireplace and heating. It was perfect!
Written March 4, 2023
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MtEverest
Las Vegas235 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Solo
The trail from the South Loop is difficult to be sure, but it can be done if you are in reasonable shape. Start early, bring lots of water. The first part is the switch backs to the junction to Griffith Peak. The second part winds through a meadow, burned area, and a steady climb to a ridge. The third part is the final steep ascend. Yes you get a 360 view, but the peak itself rather bare and uninspiring. You can get here from the North Loop, but it will be quite a bit longer, because you have to start from Deer Spring road instead of Trail Canyon. I have tried that several times, and always find myself running behind and have to turn back. But again, I go pretty slow.
Written July 18, 2024
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Conny B
Estero, FL172 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Beautiful place to visit on a day trip away from the strip or for locals. Cabins available as well but we didn’t see inside them. Easy to Difficult hikes available. The restaurant is great but long waits for a table.
Written October 6, 2020
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barbara.m
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Not so hidden gem in Vegas. Always noticed the mountains surrounded Vegas and finally decided to explore. So glad we did. Nice little respite from the heat. We had lunch at the lodge. I recommend as a break from the Strip.
Written August 22, 2020
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