Mount Charleston Travel Guide

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Mount Charleston Overview

Mount Charleston is located within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Its base rises from about 5,500 feet, to its peak of 11,916 feet (Charleston Peak). Charleston Peak is the highest peak in the Spring Mountain Range of southern Nevada; it is the 4th highest peak in the state; the 8th highest peak in the contiguous United States; and the 19th largest peak located in all of the United States. Mount Charleston is about 40 miles northwest of Las Vegas, via U.S. Highway 95.

Mount Charleston isn't just a mountain that rises from the Great Basin Desert. There is four seasons of outdoor recreation for all to enjoy. There are Forest Service campgrounds, maintained hiking trails, creeks and streams from winter run-off, wild horses to see, and the Mount Charleston Wilderness to explore. The winter weather welcomes skiers and snowboarders to the mountain. Most importantly, Mount Charleston is the name is of the small village that lies at the base of the mountain. Dress warm, as the mountain has significant cooler temperatures than the heated desert valley floor.

To access Mount Charleston, whether it's the village or the mountain top, drive north on U.S Highway 95 to State Route 157 (Kyle Canyon Road), or travel further north to State Route 156 (Lee Canyon Road). The roads are joined by State Route 158 which runs north and south, just east of the mountain. Campgrounds can be accesses by each of the canyons respected roads.

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