Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Las Vegas

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#8 of 9 in Historic Sites in Las Vegas
Monument · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, a United States National Monument near Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, was established in 2014 to protect Ice Age paleontological discoveries. The 22,650-acre (9,170 ha) monument is administered by the National Park Service.
The national monument is located in the Upper Las Vegas Wash and protects part of the Tule Springs. The wash area also includes several patches of the rare Las Vegas bear poppy. The land was designated after a local campaign to permanently protect the landscape as a national monument.
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  • Explore, wander and look on the ground. Bring water and a snack. Fascinating as it’s on the edge of town. Imagine how many fossils were crushed and destroyed to build the adjacent homes. Not much...  more »
  • As a new National Monument with no infrastructure I went to check it out, and it was above my expectations. No facilities just parking, hop over barriers and hike on unimproved trails, bring...  more »
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  • I love looking for fossils and cool stones. If you do also then you will enjoy Tule Springs Fossil Beds. That is all there is to do. No visitors' center. No bathrooms. Trails are pretty weak. You need to wear good solid footwear. Best bring water and snacks too. Good place to walk with your dog. Good place for kids if they enjoy messing around and are interested in fossils, rocks, lizards and dirt.
  • Use this as a hiking spot and way to get into nature without having to leave the city. The bluffs are interesting and not hard to explore but the terrain can be rocky in spots. Good hiking shoes and ankle support recommended. Good access to backcountry desert areas close in to Las Vegas. There is a trail system, but it is rocky and can be tricky in some places. The farther out you go across the North Vegas Wash the less developed the trails become and in some areas it's best to hike crosscountry off the trails. We are out there several times a week with the dogs. Great place to see the Mojave Desert in it's natural state.

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