Explore Las Vegas
Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks, Skiing
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it's located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and... Read More
The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it's located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. During the winter months, skiing and snow play are the top draw - although some people just like a chance to visit the snow. The ski resort in Lee Canyon offers a wide variety of ski play on its slopes, in addition to skiing and snowboarding. Outside of the resort, visitors can enjoy marked snow play areas in Lee Canyon if they have their own sleds or tubes. Mt. Charleston is divided between two main areas, Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon. Visitors will find two lodges with restaurants and rooms in Kyle Canyon, and Lee Canyon is home to the ski resort and snow play areas.
2525 Kyle Canyon Rd.
Mt. Charleston, NV 89124
Hours:Due to COVID-19, please check with the attraction for the most recent updates to their opening hours.
- Things to Do in December: "Always check the weather before going to Mt. Charleston in winter. Conditions may require snow tires or chains, so make sure you're prepared before you head out."
- Parks: "Be sure to stop in at the new Spring Mountains Visitor Center in Kyle Canyon. The 128-acre complex was built on a failed golf course and now offers trails, exhibits and a center that details the history of the area."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: If you're looking for snow, head out of town to Mt. Charleston to ski, snowboard or just enjoy the view.
- Best for Parks Because: The mountain oasis of Mount Charleston is a cool alternative to Las Vegas, offering snow play in winter and a cool mountain retreat in summer.