Mt. Charleston Scenic Byway offers a refreshing respite from its neon-laden neighbor. The byway begins at the desert floor, with its all-to-familiar thick sagebrush. The corridor then climbs into the rugged mountains, painted by blotches of Joshua trees, juniper, ponderosa pine, and white fir. The byway even draws the traveler very near to the bristlecone pine, one of the world's oldest plants.
Nature provided not only beauty to the area surrounding the byway, but wonderful recreational opportunities. Each segment of the byway provides easy access to the many recreational opportunities of the Toiyabe National Forest. Hiking, camping, and skiing are among the most popular recreational activities.