Go beyond the neon to Mt. Charleston

Find peaceful hikes and cool temperatures west of Las Vegas, Nevada
J.C. Davis

Locals know that when the mercury tops the century mark in Vegas, cooler temps are only a short drive away.

Perched 2 miles above the valley floor in the Spring Mountains, Mt. Charleston is a haven for hikers, nature lovers, and anyone seeking relief from the summer heat.

GETTING THERE

All three of the trails below are located within Spring Mountains National Recreation Area ― better known by its signature peak, Mt. Charleston ― about 25 miles west of Las Vegas.

 Take I-15 to U.S. 95 north, then turn left at State 157/Kyle Canyon Rd. and climb 6,500 feet. For more information, contact the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (702/515-5400).

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