A Las Vegas Treasure

There are many dining choices in Las Vegas but only one at 7,717 feet elevation at the top of the mountain in Kyle Canyon’s Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest. Here, the attraction is Mother Nature at her finest with spectacular mountain peak views. The menu is expansive and features local favorites. The lounge serves our world famous Mt. Charleston Coffee as well as hot chocolate. The full bar is stocked with top shelf liquor and liqueurs, domestic and imported beers, and California wines. The Lodge takes on a more eloquent ambiance in the evening with candlelight dining.

The aroma and sounds of a crackling fire greet Mount Charleston Lodge patrons, at the top of the mountain in Las Vegas, Nevada. At 7,717 feet elevation, temperatures generally average 30 degrees cooler in the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest’s Kyle Canyon than in the Las Vegas valley. Surrounded by juniper, mountain mahogany, aspen, and ponderosa pine trees, nature is all around you.

The focus of the Lodge’s décor is the large open fireplace in the center of the 200-capacity facility. Windows surround three sides of the room with the lounge along one wall. The A-frame building features a 20-foot loft ceiling and equally high window opposite the lounge. The rustic atmosphere of the Lodge evokes feelings of quaintness and relaxation. As the only dining establishment at the top of Kyle Canyon, the Lodge is a favorite destination for many tour bus operators as groups are always welcome. A small dance floor and stage accommodate wedding receptions and other special events.

Mount Charleston has over 50 miles of marked trails over the rocky terrain. Some of these trails are paved and handicap accessible. There are also strenuous climbs to the top of the mountain. The tougher hikes offer rewards of scenic vistas and unique geology and flora. But hikers of all ages and abilities will find something to enjoy while visiting Mount Charleston, including picnics and camping. Bicycles are permitted on some trails.

Mount Charleston and Spring Mountains are typically 20-30 degrees cooler than the valleys, so the area is a popular getaway for both Las Vegas residents and visitors, who want to enjoy an outdoor activity while escaping the brutal desert heat. However, hikers should still start their hikes early in the morning and take precautions to avoid sun overexposure. No permits are required and there are no entrance fees.