Just because it’s close doesn’t mean it’s easy. Summiting Mount Charleston is a grueling, 12-hour day hike with 4,300 feet of elevation gain and lots of trail above 10,000 feet. It’s hard to breathe up that high, and the winds really whip near the treeless summit. But the payoff is so much more aesthetically pleasing than clamping eyes on that fat dude on the next treadmill. The trail winds past the debris field of a military plane that crashed there in 1955, and on a clear day you can see 300 miles. Most hikers take the 8.3-mile South Loop Trail up and back, but if you want to make a loop out of it you can descend via the North Loop Trail, though you’ll have about a mile to hike back to your car.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.