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July 20, 2004
Mt. Charleston is a secluded distance from Las Vegas, but sadly seems somewhat too discovered, judging by the amount of litter too many leave behind. The result may well be entry user fees being instituted here someday. Arrive early to avoid the parking challenge you don't want to undertake. There are picnic areas once you get above about 8,000 feet, which is pleasant if you want to arrive late morning and break your trip up on the descent with some refreshment under the tall pines.
From journal Las Vegas' Best Bets Beyond the Strip
July 6, 2001
If you aren't familiar with driving in snow be careful as some of the roads are steep and icy.
After we stopped for a snowball war we headed to the Lodge and took a true one horse open sligh ride through the mountains complete with sliegh bells jingling. For $7.00 a passenger it was a bargain. Afterwards we were glad for hot coffee and chocolate as we sat next to a hot fire the Lodge.
Next to the ski area but detoured and stopped when we saw a hill with improve sledding. Everyone did their best sliding down the hill using everything from cardboard boxes to the seats of their pants.
The ski area is small but was packed. It offers ski rental and instruction but we decided to just watch since it was already afternoon and we weren't dressed for this activity.
Had a great day and really felt Christmasy.
From journal Las Vegas Christmas