A rustic and relaxing hotel retreat nestled high in the mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

With the temperature averaging 20 degrees cooler than Las Vegas year-round, The Resort on Mount Charleston is a favorite place for Las Vegas locals and out-of-state visitors alike to escape from the heat in the summer and enjoy the skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports in the winter.

 

The Resort on Mount Charleston is located within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of Nevada – known to locals as Mount Charleston – and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The area is crossed by miles of hiking trails, and you can get to picnic areas, horseback riding, mountain biking trails, and camping spots within minutes.

 

Also nearby The Resort on Mount Charleston is the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort and all of the attractions of Las Vegas – the Strip, Fremont Street Experience, museums, dining, and live entertainment and sports.  All are just a short drive from The Resort on Mount Charleston.

 

ACTIVITIES:

Hiking / Mountaineering:  Mt. Charleston Hiking has a variety of trails and mountaineering routes to numerous peaks. The Spring Mountains are a long, linear, north-south aligned range of mountains that stretch for about 55 miles and form the western border of the Las Vegas Valley. The Spring Mountains are anchored by Mount Charleston (11,918 ft) to the northwest and Mount Potosi (8,514 ft) to the southwest. Red Rock Canyon, directly west of town. Located between the two mountains and the Cold Creek area lies north of Mount Charleston. The mountains rise from desert valleys at elevations below 2,000 ft to nearly 12,000 ft, creating a variety of climate and vegetation zones. Easy, Moderate, or Advanced hikes are available depending on your skill and experience.

 

Horseback Riding:  The friendly staff. at the Mount Charleston Riding Stables make sure to match up the rider's ability with the right horse. The horses are all are calm, gentle, mostly draft mixes making them excellent for children. The rides are about experiencing the beautiful scenery from horseback so: no running or no trotting, is permitted.

 

Owner Robert Humphreys has a soft spot for hard luck cases: One elderly (32 yrs!) horse was a kid's pet, now wanders freely about the place as he lives out his life in leisure. Robert loves horses, and it shows in their trusting behavior.

 

WINTER

Skiing / Snowboarding:

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort: Located just 10 miles from The Resort on Mount Charleston, The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort offers 40 acres of ski terrain, with 10 different trails, the longest of which is 3,000 feet. The summit is located at 9,370 feet with a vertical drop of 860 feet.  There are 30 acres of snowboarding terrain at the resort. During the 1999-2000 season, a half pipe and terrain park was added, making it a paradise for snowboarders -- and plenty of snowboarders take advantage of what the resort has to offer.

 

There are plenty of private and group lessons available for beginners. Much of the resort's terrain consists of some very challenging intermediate runs, making it ideal for intermediate and advanced snowboarders and skiers.

 

The beautiful mountain scenery and is a nice getaway from the desert for a day of winter fun. For the post-ski scene, there's a bar, snack bar and outdoor deck dining, which is unbeatable on warm spring days. If you're just in Vegas on vacation and decide to go skiing on a whim, the resort has everything you could possibly need, including equipment and ski clothing rentals.

 

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Details

Hours of operation: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The resort is open from Thanksgiving until early April, conditions permitting.

Cost: All-day (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) adult tickets are $50; afternoon (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.) adult tickets are $45; all-day child (12 and under) tickets are $30; afternoon child tickets are $25; all-day senior (60 and older) tickets are $30; and afternoon senior tickets are $25. Prices are subject to change.

•Payment options: Cash, credit cards, ATM available.

Location / Distance from Las Vegas: About 45 minutes from Las Vegas. Take U.S. Highway 95 north about 30 miles to Hwy 156. Follow Highway 156 to the resort.

 

Area Tours:

Grand Canyon Sunset Jeep Safaris Tour:  The Grand Sunset Tour ventures deep into the Kaibab National Forest searching for elk, deer, and other species of wildlife, and concludes with sunset at the edge of the Grand Canyon. During this tour you will have the opportunity to climb an eighty foot lookout tower that views the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, and San Francisco Peaks! Bring your camera on this expedition - you don't want to miss any of the awesome scenery and abundant wildlife.

TOUR STARTS: 2 hours before sunset (between 3:45 PM and 5:00 PM)  TOUR LENGTH: Approximately 3 hours

PRICE: $69.00 per person; $54.00 per child (11 years old or younger) plus taxes and fees

 

Tour Grand Canyon West Rim via Motor Coach - including helicopter descent and float trip. Not only does this tour take you on a comfortable motorcoach ride to the Grand Canyon West Rim and 900 year old Joshua Tree forest, it also will whisk you to the canyon floor on a helicopter and down the Colorado River on a pontoon style raft. Once you arrive at the canyon rim in a motorcoach, a helicopter will be waiting to take you soaring.  You'll descend 4,000 feet to the canyon floor.  At the bottom, a pontoon boat awaits.  From there, sit back and relax as you journey up the Colorado River, enjoying the smooth waters and breathtaking geological forms.  When the ride is complete, return to the top of the Grand Canyon via helicopter to rejoin the rest of the group for a BBQ lunch on the edge of the rim.

Retail Price $301.00 per adult         Retail Price $281.00 per child  (age 12 and under) when accompanied by two adults     7AM daily departure - FREE hotel pick-up    Tour duration 13.0 hours Lunch included  For reservations: (702) 566-7400

 

Toiyabe National Forest

~1.97 miles from Mount Charleston city center, The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (HTNF) is the principal U.S. National Forest located in the U.S. state of Nevada. With an area of 6.3 million acres (25,000 km²), it is the largest National Forest of the United States outside of Alaska. It does not resemble most other National Forests in that it has numerous fairly large but non-contiguous sections scattered about most of the state of Nevada and a portion of eastern California. Its 10 ranger districts are scattered across the many mountain ranges in Nevada, from the Santa Rosa Range in the north to the Spring Mountains near Las Vegas in the south. A small part of the forest (about 11%) is actually in eastern California, in the areas around Bridgeport and Markleeville and other areas east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The forest lies in 13 counties in Nevada and 6 in California. The smaller and more northeasterly Humboldt National Forest is located generally in eastern and northern Nevada, in parts of Elko, White Pine, Humboldt, Nye, and Lincoln counties. It has about 43.5% of the total area. There are local ranger district offices located in Ely, Elko, Wells, and Winnemucca. The larger and more southwesterly Toiyabe National Forest is located generally in central, western, and southern Nevada and eastern California, in parts of Nye, Lander, Mineral, Lyon, Eureka, Washoe, Douglas, and Clark counties and Carson City in Nevada.

 

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park  ~16.29 miles from Mount Charleston city center.  It is located within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the Cottonwood Valley, 15.2 miles west of Las Vegas. It has a picnic area and a summer theater program. It is in the Southern Region of Nevada State Parks. In the mid-1830's, a campsite was established along the wash that runs through the ranch. The spring-fed creek and grassy meadows formed an oasis for travelers using the alternate route of the Spanish Trail through Cottonwood Valley. The use of the site by pack and wagon trains continued until their replacement by the railroad in 1905. This remote trail was also used extensively by outlaws involved in Indian slave trading, horse stealing and raids upon passing caravans. In 1840, a group of American mountain men and Ute Indians conducted a famous raid on the Mexican Ranchos in California. Mountain Man Bill Williams, a member of the raiding party, brought his band of horses through Red Rock Canyon where he rested the horses from the hard trip across the desert. Apparently he revisited the area several times and for many years afterwards the site of Spring Mountain Ranch was known as the "Old Bill Williams Ranch".

 

Hoover Dam Float Tours:  (702) 566-7400

From the Lake Mead Overlook, you're transported to the Colorado River by van on the Lower Portal Road, where construction crews traveled each day. You'll see the original gauging station used to measure water level and flow, and dynamite storage bunkers used during construction.  Then, a guided Colorado River float tour by raft offers you close-up views few people have ever seen of Hoover Dam, mighty power plants, and Black Canyon. You'll also learn historical facts and get an astounding view of the Hoover Dam Bypass project and construction of the nearly 2000-foot-long bridge spanning over 900 feet above the river. This is absolutely the best photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River!

 

Retail Price $156.00 per adult                     

 Retail Price $156.00 per child (Child discount not applicable)   

8AM / 11AM daily departures - FREE hotel pick-up  Tour duration 5.0 hours  Snacks and Water included    

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