Las Vegas summers are known for their triple-digit extremes, which send many visitors straight to the pool or inside the casino to escape the heat.
While either water or air conditioning will certainly help keep you cool, if you’d like to enjoy a whole day of milder temps, take a day trip to Mount Charleston.
As you see the canyon and gain altitude, the desert around you slowly changes into a mountain area. You’ll notice the Joshua trees and cacti start to give way to pine, juniper, scrub oak and manzanita. In the upper elevations of Mount Charleston, you’ll also find bristlecone pines, which can be incredibly long-lived, reaching thousands of years in age.