If you thought Las Vegas was nothing but desert, think again! Mt. Charleston is home to a seasonal waterfall, and tends to be 30-35 degrees cooler than other areas. You can find Mt. Charleston 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas, situated in the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest. With an elevation of 12,000 feet, Mt. Charleston ranks among the nation’s top 10 highest mountains. Don’t be surprised to see native animals like songbirds, wild burros, desert tortoises, and deer scurrying about. You may be in Las Vegas, but you’ll feel like you just stepped into a nature show!