Mount Charleston is a small village near Charleston Peak, the highest peak in Nevada's Spring Mountains at almost 12,000 feet. The cool climate and beautiful, often fragile landscape of this four-season recreational playground could not be more different from Las Vegas, the closest major city to Mount Charleston. From ski slopes to fishing spots to hiking trails that lead to waterfalls, it's the pristine wilderness areas right on the doorstops of Mount Charleston hotels that draw visitors from near and far.
If you're flying into Nevada for your Mount Charleston vacation, you'll land at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas, approximately 50 miles away. After that, it's about an hour's drive from the airport to hotels in Mount Charleston via taxi or rental car. Mount Charleston car rentals are likely the most convenient option for exploring the region, though, especially if you're traveling with skis, snowboards, fishing gear, or mountain bikes. A car rental also means you can also enjoy scenic drives through the mountains. Plus, hotels in Las Vegas make ideal bases for nights at the famous casinos, bars, nightclubs, and restaurants of Sin City, and if you want to enjoy the great outdoors too, include the Mount Charleston Wilderness on your itinerary. In winter, head to Lee Canyon for downhill skiing and snowboarding, a terrain park, ski school, and cafes. In other seasons you can enjoy hiking and horseback riding along forested mountain trails. And the adjacent Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area gives you even more options for exploring the varied landscapes of the Mojave Desert.
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