Mt. Charleston is a great place to escape to and makes for some really breathtaking photos. Mt. Charleston is a fan favorite because it allows people to escape the desert heat of Nevada. Best of all, it’s only an hour away from Las Vegas. If you live in Nevada and want to change up the scenery for your photos a bit – this is a great place to do so.
Mt. Charleston is a nature lover and outdoor enthusiasts playground. So if you enjoy getting out and exploring, camping, hiking, or sight-seeing I can’t recommend this location enough. And if you love the snow you can drive-up and have a fun snow-day and when you come back down you can enjoy the temperate weather back in Vegas!
I met up with Mason and Carol at Mt. Charleston for their golden hour engagement session. We had fun exploring the different areas of this location. They decided to do a few outfit changes which added some nice variety to their final gallery. We started off their session in a field below Mt. Charleston and then moved to get some photos in the trees and on a bridge nearby.
Mt. Charleston is the tallest peak in the Spring Mountain Range. This mountain range spans over 50-miles and marks the start of Nevada’s Great Basin Desert. The town of Charleston is a quaint little mountain town which according to the 2010 census only has a population of 375 people.
The rocks of Mt. Charleston are formed from limestone. Lower down the mountain there are several exposed rocks, forming steep ravines and tall cliffs. Occasionally with small caves eroded at the base. A number of larger canyons form streams and waterfalls from the snow melt draining off the mountain. There are densely forested areas with several types of oak, pine and fir at the base of the mountain. At the base of the mountain you can find forested areas with several types trees.
The best viewpoints in the Spring Mountains, together with many of the trailheads and picnic areas, are along the Deer Creek Highway (NV 158).
Reached by a short path is Desert View Overlook. At this location you can see a huge area of the valley far below and is framed by the distant peaks of the Sheep and Las Vegas Mountain Ranges.
Close to this location is Hilltop campground. This location has desert views to the East. Just south of hilltop campground you can find a short path that leads along a narrow and shady canyon called robber roost cave.
Some of my other favorite locations include:
You can probably tell from above that one of the main things to do in Mt. Charleston is explore all of the hiking trails. So if you are super adventurous maybe hiking one of the many locations listed above is something you’d like to experience during your session. Several of these locations don’t require any hiking at all because the trailheads are beautiful to begin with.
Some other ideas you could do for your session:
There are so many things you can do for your session to make it unique. I love photographing couples who choose to include an activity into their session because it makes for some really cute candid moments. Doing something you love together makes for a great distraction from the camera as well (I know we can all be a little camera shy).
If you are looking to escape the desert or hustle and bustle of Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston is a great place to runaway too. Make a weekend out of it and enjoy exploring all the Mt. Charleston has to offer. And if you are looking to have some epic mountain photos without having to go to far from the city – Mt. Charleston is the place!
I can help! I would love to help you plan an epic engagement session in the mountains. Let’s talk through all your options and see what is the right fit for you. To get started – contact me here.