There’s More to Vegas than Just Gambling

Las Vegas, often referred to as a “Desert Oasis”, sits alone in the center of several mountain ranges. Amidst the bright lights and the glamour, one can explore their every fantasy and whim, But away from the glitter and gaming there lies an outdoor lover’s delight. Just waiting to be explored! Fishing, boating, hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, rockclimbing, and sightseeing are but a few of the activities available to the avid outdoors-person. There isn’t a more diverse area to vacation in.

Mt Charleston lies just north of the city, about a 30 minute drive, Skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling are popular winter activities. In the summer you’ll find welcomed relief from the triple digit temperatures on the desert floor. Mt Charleston rises to approximately 11,900 feet and resides in the Spring Mountain Range, which comprises a small portion of the Toiyabe National Forrest where camping, picnicing, hiking, backpacking are the order of the day. If roughing it at Mt Charleston is not your cup of tea. The Mt Charleston resturaunt and Hotel will cater to all your needs.With gourmet eating and lodging fit for a King or Queen.

If you happen to be visiting during the winter months, then the Lodge at Lee Canyon is the place to be. Hot Toddies, a Huge Fire Pit and an absolutely breath taking view of the snow covered mountains awaits you. Nothing like the smell of freshly burned pine wood in the fire pit combined with the food being prepared at the grill to bring a smile to your face. If it’s water sports your looking for then be prepared to be astounded by Lake Meade. With approx. 900 miles of shoreline, Lake Meade Recreational area is known to be the largest man made lake in the US. Fishing, camping, boating, swimming, jet skiing are just a few of the attractions of this awesome piece of Nevada. Roughly a 30 to 45 minute car ride from Las Vegas making it one of Nevada’s major attractions. There is much to see at Lake Meade. You can rent anything from small fishing boats to House Boats. There are many coves to pull your craft into for the weekend some of which, have natural hot springs that are alot of fun as well as therapuetic. If you’re lucky enough you may even see groups of Nevadas Big Horn Sheep as they come down to the water’s edge, in the wee hours of the morning, to quench their thirst.

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