Clark County Wetlands Park, Las Vegas

4.6
#10 of 37 in Parks in Las Vegas
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Clark County Wetlands Park is the largest park in the Clark County, Nevada park system. The park is on the east side of the Las Vegas valley and runs from the various water treatment plants near the natural beginning of the Las Vegas Wash to where the wash flows under Lake Las Vegas and later into Lake Mead.

One purpose of the park is to reduce the environmental impact of the waste water and stormwater runoff leaving the drainage basin area, by building a constructed wetland. This is being accomplished by installing a series of water flow control structures such as dams and weirs and by creating ponds that together slow down the flow of the water, catching silt, and reducing the undercutting of the dirt walls that form the wash. As of June, 2005 nine of these structures were operational.

The sides of the wash are being stabilized by installing native plants and large pieces of demolished construction debris. Some of the native plants, especially those in areas of standing water, also help purify the water by removing various pollutants as the slow moving water provides these plants with nourishment. This method of purification is also called natural water polishing.

The second purpose of the park is education. The displays within the park show visitors how the wash looked before major settlement occurred in the valley and the impact people have had on the environment.

The park has a nature center with displays about the park's plants and animals. There are miles of walking paths.
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  • This is a nice park that offers a look at what Las Vegas was before all the people ruined it!!! So much wildlife. Trees and natural grasses abound. Make sure to leave dogs at home. They are not...  more »
  • A wonderful way to spend time away from the city The walking paths and waterways make for a good time out of the city.  more »
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  • Very nice area for taking a nature walk, especially for families/young kids. The paths are either sidewalk or very well maintained gravel paths. We went early in the morning and were able to see some wildlife, rabbits, roadrunner, blue heron, turtles. Wild highly recommend for a light walking activity and give the family something to do outdoors.
  • I love this park. It's one of the closest, natural parks vegas has to offer with miles and miles of trails. There are plenty of plants, ponds, rivers, streams, and wildlife to see. It's essentially an oasis. The education center is also really fun with lots of things to interact with. It's very educational with information on Las Vegas' history. However absolutely do not go unprepared. In the middle of summer temperatures can reach high peaks. Take water, wear cool clothing, and do not go during the hottest part of day. The park has little shade to offer.

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