Mount Charleston

 
Mt. Charleston
 
The area known as Mount Charleston is not a city but a township in the northwest section of Clark County, located about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It is made up of the 316,000-acre Sping Mountains National Recreation Area, which is part of the Toiyabe National Forest.

The town's population is estimated at 825 (2001 Clark County estimate), with another 350 living on Lower Kyle Canyon Road. There is one school in the area: Earl B. Lundy Elementary.

Mount Charleston is a popular recreation spot. In the summer, it's a cool escape from the heat of the valley; in the winter, it's the only place in the area for skiing and other winter sports. There are campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and resorts.

Charleston Peak, which looms at 11,918 feet, is the third highest peak in Nevada.