85 DEGRESS IN AUGUST IS A TREAT
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i drove to mt. charleston instead. the drive was gorgeous. these are some of the few things i love about living in vegas. to escape the heat we drive to mt. charleston. it's our alternative to the beach. i drove there at 6:30pm. sun was about to set. it was 85 in the city. 60 in mt. charleston at 8,000 feet. you would not believe there was pine trees in the desert.
Las Vegas sizzles with excitement, but let's face it �"- the summer heat can get out of control.
Temperatures reaching 115 degrees. The 160th straight day of sun. Even the most ardent of sun worshippers are looking for a break and hotel swimming pools and air-conditioned malls just aren't enough.
Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation.
Featuring trees like juniper, mountain mahogany, Aspen and Ponderosa pine and animals such as wild burros, songbirds, deer and desert tortoises, Mount Charleston feels a million miles away from the city.
Get your hiking stick, bottled water and boots ready. The hiking trails at Mount Charleston (52 miles total) will amaze you.
If you're a beginner hiker, the popular Mary Jane Falls trail has a seasonal waterfall and even a cave. This kid-friendly, two-mile trail is only an hour long. Fletcher Canyon is another easy hike, featuring walls up to 100 feet.
Whitney said Big Falls and Cathedral Rock are great half-day hikes.
Visitors can spot animals they don't often see at the 10-mile Bonanza Peak trail where wild horses still roam. The 17-mile Charleston Peak trail features meadows with rows and rows of wildflowers, while Griffith Peak offers views of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead.
There are more than 200 campsites, 160 picnic areas and RV spaces available in the Mount Charleston area. Located in Kyle Canyon at more than 7,000 feet, the 24 log cabins at Mount Charleston Lodge provide comfort for those seeking a more modern refuge without giving up the outdoorsy feel entirely. Each cabin comes with a spacious outdoor deck and a fireplace.
For a taste of luxury, the Hotel at Mount Charleston features fine restaurants, a full day spa, live music and special events like wine tasting and movies under the stars.
The restaurant at the lodge is another favorite spot offering breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Here you'll find everything from burgers to elk chops. And don't forget to try the Mt. Charleston Coffee as well as hot chocolate.
If the casino buzz and sweltering heat are getting to you, then Mount Charleston is the answer.