Set in the lush Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston looms nearly 12,000ft/ 3,658m above sea level. One of the most beautiful areas in the Las Vegas Valley, Lee Canyon Road, the Kyle Canyon section of Charleston Park Road and Deer Creek Road have all been designated Scenic Byways because of their extraordinary scenery and panoramic views. The area is about 17¦C/30¦F cooler than Las Vegas, making it a perfect escape from the city heat for a day. Charleston Peak was the birthplace of the Paiute people, so for the Native Americans it is sacred land. To respect this, the scale and extent of the road system remains fairly limited. Camping is popular here, along with horse riding, and in the winter you can ski at Lee Canyon.
35mls/56km north-west of Las Vegas on Highways 95 and 157
1-800 280 CAMP (2267). Six campgrounds are open from May to September. Cost is from $10 per night depending on campsite, picnic area and trail, for a maximum 5 days