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 carriage ride (a $30 value) from Mount Charleston Trail Rides. During this half-hour trip through Toiyabe National Forest, a team of high-stepping horses draws up anywhere from four to 10 passengers bundled into an old-fashioned earth cruiser past rugged cliffs and through forest glens stuffed with snow-wreathed Ponderosa pines, junipers, and aspens along the Saw Mill trails. At 7,700 feet above sea level and a 35-minute drive from the Strip, the forest is usually about 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas and 175 degrees cooler than a burning magazine. Groupon is good for a ride through April 30.
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.