A recently discovered alternative to the indoors, going "outside" offers adventurous explorers exposure to things such as wind, sunshine, and the naturally occurring mazes found in corn fields. Leave the indoors with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a 30-minute holiday sleigh ride from Mount Charleston Trail Rides (a $30 value). Carriage rides run from December 2 through February 29.
The knowledgeable sleigh drivers from Mount Charleston Trail Rides lead passengers on memorable excursions through Sawmill Trailhead’s scenic paths. Perched atop decorated sleighs, visitors embark on a roughly 30-minute sleigh ride to take in the sights of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and test the accuracy of their astrolabes. While flanked by snow-wreathed ponderosa pines, junipers, and aspens, guests melt into their surroundings at 7,700 feet above sea level. Due to its naturally occurring air conditioning, the trail normally averages 30 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley, so guests should consider wearing warm clothes along with a thermos of hot cocoa for the crackling campfire at the trail's end.
Mount Charleston Trail Rides
Whinnies of anticipation can often be heard from the stables of Mount Charleston Trail Rides, where well-mannered horses and ponies wait to ferry riders down trails flanked by whistling ponderosa pines, junipers, and aspens. Led by cowboy guides, small groups hop into saddles and embark on scenic explorations of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and its surrounding areas. With crisp air that normally averages 30 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley, the foothills and canyons offer a welcome respite from the heat of the desert. When the temperatures dip too low for horseback rides, the ranch keeps its trusty steeds busy with carriage rides, sleigh rides, and a Sadie Hawkins dance with unicorns from the neighboring forest.