Mt. Charleston Summer Guide

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Mount Charleston Summer Guide

Mount Charleston is about 45 minutes for Las Vegas. With temperatures almost 30 degrees below Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston makes the perfect escape from the summer heat.

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

Be sure to check the weekly update before heading to Mt. Charleston. You should also check the weather page to make sure you and your family are prepared for current and/or possible conditions during your visit. You can find a complete Summer Visitors Guide on Go Mt. Charleston.

The Spring Mountains are not just a vibrant part of Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the largest national forest in the lower 48. There are residential communities, a ski resort, private camps, lodging, and the home of the nation’s first national cold war memorial. Here you will find links for places to visit beyond the trails and recreation sites.

Things to do on Mt. Charleston - Summer Guide

Lee Canyon Ski Resort is open for summer season operations 7 days a week beginning May 24, 2024.

Restaurants at Lee Canyon 
  • Bristlecone Bar: 11:00 am – 6:30 pm (Kitchen closes at 6:00 pm)
  • Brewin’ Burro: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Bighorn Grill: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday Only

Scenic Chair Rides

Open daily, 10am – 6pm
Adults $10
Youth: $6 (ages 6 years – 17 years)
Military: $8
Children ages 5 years and younger are free. 

Scenic Chair Ride tickets MUST BE PURCHASED IN PERSON.

Reconnect to nature as you gently cruise up to a peak elevation of 9,370ft. Ride solo, or alongside friends and family, and take in beautiful panoramic photo opportunities of the Spring Mountains.

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Disc Golf

Open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm




Play your way through some of the resort’s most spectacular terrain by starting at our base area, then riding the chairlift to the top tees off of Sherwood.

Course maps/scorecards, disc rentals, and lift tickets are available at the Summer Activities Tent located in the base area.

Players with their own quiver only need a scenic chair ticket. Players are encouraged to use caution terrain can be steep & a challenge to maneuver. Sturdy hiking shoes or boots are strongly recommended.

Youth Adventure Days at Lee Canyon 

Sign up and let your kids discover the outdoors through adventures on Mt. Charleston. 

Youth Adventure Days are every Friday through August 16, 2024.
No session on June 28. 

$49 per day, per child. 
Open to children ages 7 years – 12 years
Youth Adventure Days are 930am – noon. Check-in is 9am at the Pro Shop. 

Summer adventure activities include guides hikes, wildlife and plant identification, archery session, education on Leave No Trace, disc golf, cornhole, crafts, activities, and a scenic chair ride. Activities are subject to change. 

A small snack will be provided. 

Parents can stay and plan their own adventure at Lee Canyon or enjoy a hike on Mount Charleston.  

Mountain Biking at Lee Canyon

Mountain Biking Youth Programs

At Lee Canyon, we’re all about the thrill of the downhill, and our instructors are here to ensure your kids have a blast! Whether they’re newbies or already ripping up the trails, our programs are designed for kids aged 4-17 to have a blast while staying safe.

We provide top-of-the-line bikes and gear, so your little riders have everything they need to conquer the mountain. And don’t worry, parents – our team keeps a close eye on all the action, so you can relax knowing your kiddos are in good hands.

Downhill biking isn’t just a sport; it’s a journey to confidence, skill-building, and a lifelong love for the trails. Give your child the ultimate summer adventure at Lee Canyon, where they’ll experience the joy of mountain biking while creating memories that will last forever.

Don’t wait another moment – sign up for kids & youth programs today and let the adventure begin!

Downhill Trailblazers

A brand new program designed to introduce young riders to the exhilarating world of downhill biking. The comprehensive package includes all the gear a student needs, expert guidance from seasoned guides, and access to our beginner trail. Skilled guides will navigate the Lee Canyon Green Trail together with the children, focusing on confidence and skills. 

Program Cost:
Weekdays: $59
Weekends: $79

For ages 8-14

Daily at 930am and 1pm
Each session is approximately 3 hours

Participants should be able to ride a two-wheel bike, have the confidence to start and stop the bike, understand how to maneuver bikes around obstacles, and have the ability to load a bike onto our chair lift.

The kid’s rental bikes fit guests who are 3’9″ to 5’1″ tall.
Guests may not use their own bikes.

More Youth Development Programs Coming Soon!

Power Kids Pass

At Lee Canyon kids ages 12 and younger ride FREE!


Summer Pet Policy at Lee Canyon

Pets are allowed on the property as long as they are well-behaved, on a leash, and never left unattended by their owner. We do not recommend leaving pets in or tied to a vehicle. We will report any significant concerns for animal welfare to our local animal control.

Leashed pets are welcome to ride our scenic chair rides at the discretion & sole liability of their owners.

Pets are not allowed on any of our mountain bike trails.

Pets are not allowed inside any building or restaurant – but they can enjoy our patios & decks. Service animals are allowed indoors. Service animal means any animal that is trained to do work or perform tasks for, and to assist, an individual with a disability. All other animals, including emotional support, comfort, or companion animals, are not considered service animals.

Axe Throwing

Open daily through summer, 10am – 6pm

Standard Axes: $25
Competitive Axes: $20
Price are per lane, for 30 minutes

Axe throwing sessions can only be purchased on-site. 
Group maximum is 4 people per session.

You must be 10 years or older to participate.


Open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm


Come channel your inner Lee Canyon lumberjack and try our new summer activity: Axe Throwing!

Once you’ve mastered the basics challenge your friends and family to a throwing competition!

  • Purchase a session on-site at the axe-throwing station.
  • Group size is capped at 4 people per lane.
  • Open to guests ages 10 and older.

Mountainside Yoga

Open to ages 8 and up.

Spring Mountains Visitors Gateway

Driving Directions

Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway
2525 Kyle Canyon Rd / SR 157
Open Daily 8am-4pm
Forest Service Info & Permits: (702) 872-5486

The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (SMVG) complex includes a visitor center, an education
& research building, two amphitheaters, two group picnic sites, and over 40 miles of adjoining
trails. The complex houses the Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial, the only national
monument dedicated to the Cold War era, honoring the thousands of individuals who worked
covertly for the United States government during the Cold War. SMVG is also home to the Seven
Stones Plaza, which celebrates indigenous people—seven Southern Paiute tribes known collectively as Nuwuvi (or “the people”)—and their longstanding ancestral relationship with their creation place in the Spring Mountains. The SMVG is both a destination and a gateway to provide visitors with everything needed to appreciate and enjoy the Spring Mountains.

Mt Charleston Weekly Update

Please check the Mt Charleston weekly update on before heading up the mountain. The update will give you information on what is open and/or closed based on weather and seasonal damages. 

As sections of closed areas reopen, they will be announced on the Go Mt. Charleston’s web page at and posted at or

Reopened as of May 24, 2024

    • Two miles of Mack’s Canyon Road –Only two miles of the road is now open for dispersed camping.
    • Lower Bristlecone Trailhead and Trail – Only a portion of the Lower Bristlecone Trial will be available making it an out-and-back hike, while the Upper Bristlecone Trail remains closed.
    • Little Falls Trail – Accessible from Cathedral Rock Trailhead.
    • South Loop Trail – Accessible from Cathedral Rock Trailhead.


The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area’s recreation staff hopes to reopen Echo Trailhead sometime this summer.

Mount Charleston Hikes

  • Bristlecone, Lower
  • Bristlecone, Upper (access to south end of Bonanza Trail)
  • Cliffrose/Stepladder
  • Deer Creek
  • Desert View Overlook
  • Mary Jane Falls
  • Echo
  • Cathedral Rock/South Loop/Griffith Peak
  • Fletcher Canyon/Eagle’s Nest/Acastus
  • Harris Spring to Griffith Peak
  • Juniper
  • North Loop/Rain Tree
  • Robber’s Roost
  • Trail Canyon

Our Favorite Summer Spots on Mt. Charleston

Deer Creek 

Flooding destroyed all the infrastructure at the Deer Creek Picnic Area, at this time there are no plans to rebuild the site.​

Lee Meadows
This is popular spot in summer and winter. This wide open meadow is a peaceful spot to enjoy nature, and the cooler temps of Mt. Charleston. If you plan to stay a while bring a tent/shade to escape the sun and definitely wear sunscreen. Pack a picnic and a blanket and enjoy the peace and quiet. 

Fletcher Canyon Hike


Picnic Areas

Kyle Canyon (Day use and camping)
Cathedral Rock Picnic Area

Deer Creek (Free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
Sawmill (free, first come first serve, open dawn to dusk)
SMVG Group Picnic Areas (reservation required)
Lee Meadows
 (open dawn to dusk, groups must be under 20 people, NO camping or fires)
Old Mill
Foxtail Group Picnic Area 

Camping on Mt. Charleston


Fletcher View
Hilltop Campground

Mahogany Grove Group Campground

Mack’s Canyon (undeveloped & unpaved)
Blue Tree Area (undeveloped & unpaved)
Champion Road 
(undeveloped & unpaved)

Mt Charleston Lodge

The cabins are now open and available for booking here. We will be providing continental breakfast while working on more permanent food solutions. We look forward to having finalized options in the coming weeks.

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