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