Charleston Peak is a welcome break from its surrounding desert regions. The winding ride to the summit thrills visitors with its dramatic temperature drops and changing scenery. With 52 miles of lush hiking trails, you'll need to get your mountain gear ready. The two main trails, South Loop Trail and North Loop/Trail Canyon, can be hiked together, as they join. Mountain bikers will love the Bristlecone and Sawmill Trails for their spectacular outlooks. The former is popular with horse riders.
Particularly recommended is a night hike, where trained naturalists teach you how to identify nocturnal animals and use the stars as navigation tools. On science safaris, learn about indigenous plant and animal species such as mountain mahogany and juniper trees, wild burros, desert tortoises, and songbirds. Winters are just as lively, with a flurry of sledding, ice-climbing, and winter wildlife activity.