Part of the HumboldtToiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston encompasses more than 316,000 acres. Snow-capped mountain peaks are surrounded by hardy desert and home to 58 sensitive plants and animals found only in this area. Recreation opportunities include hiking, camping, climbing, skiing, sightseeing, bird-watching and more. www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/districts/smnra/index.shtml. Located 35 miles northwest of the Strip, off U.S. 95 north. 702.515.5400.