Camping at Mount Charleston, Nevada

by Ian Farquharson
The Mount Charleston area has a variety of camping facilites available.

The Mount Charleston area has a variety of camping facilites available.

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At just under 12,000 feet, Mount Charleston stands as the highest peak of the Spring Mountain range in southern Nevada. Located some 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, the wilderness area of the mountain and its surroundings provide opportunities for outdoor activities. This includes camping, with visitors to the area having a variety of options.

Mount Charleston Resort

Those who enjoy camping in a little luxury can visit Mount Charleston Lodge (mtcharlestonlodge.com). Highway 157 provides direct access to this resort, which sits on the mountain at an elevation of around 7,700 feet. Guests can choose from a total of 23 log cabins, which include smaller single and larger double units, with the lodge building providing amenities, such as a lounge, bar, shop and restaurant. Staying at the resort enables visitors to enjoy cooler temperatures than the Las Vegas Valley below, as well as take in some beautiful mountain views.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, administered by the U.S. Forest Service (fs.usda.gov), covers an area of over 300,000 acres. This includes Mount Charleston and its surroundings, with the area having campsites catering to both RV and tent campers. The Mahogany Grove Group Campground, accessible from Highway 158, has two group camping sites, each of which can accommodate up to 75 guests and 18 vehicles. The Fletcher View Campground, located on Highway 157, has 12 sites with electrical hookup available for tent and RV camping.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (blm.gov), lies about 17 miles west of Las Vegas. The area has one campground, located on Moenkopi Road, about a mile south of the West Charleston Boulevard junction. The campground caters to both tent and RV campers, with 71 individual and 7 group sites available. The Red Rock Canyon area has its own attractions, such as a 13-mile scenic drive, and its proximity to Mount Charleston puts the attractions of the peak within easy reach.

RV Campgrounds

RV campgrounds around the Mount Charleston area can provide convenient amenities, with easy access to the attractions of the peak. Pahrump lies around 10 miles west of the mountain, with Terrible's Lakeside Casino and RV Park (terribleslakesidecasinorvpark.com) located in this area. This has 160 full-utility-hookup sites available, with facilities including bathrooms, laundry rooms, and heated swimming pool. The site has its own activities, including fishing and boating, with the attractions of Mount Charleston only a short drive away.

About the Author

Ian Farquharson has worked as a freelance writer since 2008. He has written for individual clients, as well as various online publications, and brings sports and travel expertise to eHow. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering from Dundee College of Technology.

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