Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

The Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs offers a respite from all the noise and crowd. It is an oasis comprising of a 680-acre park that features wildlife, lakes, greenery, and an amazing view of the Sheep Range and the Spring Mountains.

Floyd Lamb Park Wildlife
Some of the animals you can see in Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs are mallard duck, tree swallow, peacock, rainbow trout, goose, fox, jackrabbit, and many more! Image courtesy of F. Andrew Taylor and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Over 200,000 locals and tourists visit the park yearly to relax, go on picnics, take beautiful photos of animals, and many more. Little do people know that the park has been a work in progress for many years before it became the park they enjoy today.

A Work in Progress for Many Years

The history of the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs dates back to the prehistoric era. People discovered fossils of animals belonging to the Pleistocene fauna such as mammoths in the area. Human inhabitation, on the other hand, only happened approximately 11,000 years ago. The first inhabitants were a nomadic Indian tribe called “Tudini”. They were succeeded by a native Indian American group called “Paiute”.

In the 1900s, a man named John Herbert Nay purchased 10 acres of land. He cultivated his property but sold it in 1929 eventually. By 1941, the property has a new owner by the name of Prosper Jacob Goumond. He transformed the property into a working ranch, which became a guest ranch eventually. It accommodated several visitors who even volunteered to do daily ranch chores sometimes. The ranch has grown into 880 acres over the years.

Floyd Lamb Park Entrance Fee
Floyd Lamb Park is located at 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Image courtesy of David Becker and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In 1959, a group of businessmen purchased the property from the granddaughter of Goumond. They leased the property as a working cattle ranch. It remained that way until the city of Las Vegas purchased the property in 1964, turning it into a city park and naming it after State Senator Floyd Lamb. This was short-lived as the state of Nevada acquired the property by legislative action in 1977. 

When the State saw urban growth around the park, the State believed the park was better as a city park. On July 2, 2007, the State transferred the park back to the hands of the City of Las Vegas. It was renamed to what it is now known today: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

THINGS YOU CAN DO AT THE PARK 

Fishing. The park consists of four amazing lakes. From smallest to largest, they are the Willow Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Mulberry Lake, and Tule Springs Lake. For as long as you have a fishing license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you are free to fish in all these lakes. One fish you may get there is a rainbow trout!

Enjoy wildlife and amazing scenery. Just the sight of the animals makes this park a must-visit. Some of the wildlife you can see there are mammals like coyotes, foxes, and jackrabbits. You can also see birds and water birds such as peafowl, killdeer, kestrels, tree swallows, mallard duck, burrowing owl, and many more!

Floyd Lamb Park Fishing
As long as you have a license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you may fish in all the four lakes of Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Image courtesy of Martin S. Fuentes and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Go on a picnic with loved ones. There are designated picnic areas for you and your family in the park. You can celebrate special events such as birthdays. You may reserve a pavilion beforehand. 

Visit the historic area. The park consists of 23 buildings. Some of the prominent buildings you can visit are the Ranch House, Adobe Hut, Power Building, and Water Tower. On a side note, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also houses the Las Vegas State Tree Nursery. 

Participate in programs. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also offers programs.

  • Pop up parks and recreation are available every third Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Gardening and recreation are available from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays; 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Fridays.
  • Historic tours are available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Fridays.

OPERATING HOURS

The park is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from April to September; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from October to March. The park charges $6 entrance fee per vehicle. In an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, author Margo Pesek stated that the park charges $1 to those entering on foot, bikes, or horseback. For frequent visitors and senior citizens, she suggested inquiring about annual fees to save money. 

Lake Mead National Recreational Area

Las Vegas and its nearby towns are rich in amazing places. Sometimes, we go away to have fun and relax. We tend to lose ourselves in partying at clubs or going to concerts, yet what we really need is to refresh the soul by visiting beautiful scenic sights. Just 30 minutes away from The Strip is Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is a recreational area that spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys, and two lakes. It’s for boaters, swimmers, fishermen, hikers, photographers, campers, and sightseers. National Park Service operates Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

The beautiful scenic view of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The park, located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, which includes Lake Mead and Lake Mohave is accessible all year-round. Lake Mead is a large reservoir held by the Hoover Dam while Lake Mohave is a reservoir impounded by Davis Dam.

The Historic Railroad Trail is a national recreation trail.

One of the great places to go in the park is the Historic Railroad Trail. For instance, it is the only remaining section of the Hoover Dam Railroad system that is not highly disturbed or underwater. You can see information about the tunnels taken from the National Park Service’s website:

  • The first tunnel is around 1 mile from the trailhead.
  • The fifth tunnel is around 2.2 miles from the trailhead.
  • The elevation change from the trailhead to the fifth tunnel is about 11 feet.
  • After the fifth tunnel, the trail continues another 1.5 miles to the Hoover Dam Parking Garage. The elevation change between these two points is around 445 feet.
  • Total distance = 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) round trip.
You can explore the Historic Railroad Trail that provides panoramic views of Lake Mead.

Fun Fact

Based from the website too, a section of the railroad was used in the motion picture “The Gauntlet” starring Clint Eastwood and Sondra Locke for a sequence in which they were on a motorcycle being chased by an assassin in a helicopter.

The park has nine wilderness areas. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages some of the wilderness that lies outside Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

Here Are Some Tips When Visiting Lake Mead National Recreational Area:

  • Engage in outdoor activities early in the morning or in the evening during summer.
  • Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and hydrate when engaging in outdoor activities.
  • Wear hiking shoes and avoid open shoes if you will participate in hiking activities.

It is undeniable that Las Vegas gains tourists because of the numerous casinos, shows, concerts, and shops it has. People should be reminded that one of the uniqueness of Vegas is that it is located in the desert, surrounded by parks with wonderful weather throughout the year. Exploring the outdoors should be on the list of every tourist. Finding solitude just takes a trip to the Lake Mead National Recreational Area.

Seven Magic Mountains

Seven Magic Mountains

People usually settle in The Strip because it has a lot to offer from food to activities. There’s always something for everyone. Walking around the area is already amazing. It’s free anyway. That’s how full of life the city is. But there’s this place called Seven Magic Mountains that’s just 20 minutes away from The Strip. It is a unique side trip from your usual Vegas itinerary. The Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund produced Seven Magic Mountains.

Human Presence in the Desert

Seven Magic Mountains is home to seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders that measure thirty feet high. This is Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s creative expression of human presence in the desert. It was initially planned to be on exhibit for two years since it opened on May 11, 2016, but the artist has expressed a strong desire for it to be viewed longer at the site.

One will be fascinated upon seeing the towers. You’ll wonder how the rocks were stacked. It’s a combination of art and science. Choose the seven towers as your backdrop or the individual towers itself. It’s something really unique because you won’t see this kind of art anywhere.

Three Year Extension

The installation was supposed to remain on view until the end of 2018 but due its success, it can be seen for another three years through end of 2021. It was extended last 2018. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a three-year permit extension for Rondinone’s artwork. The Swiss artist also expressed her artwork to be in the current location.

Catch a glimpse of form and color. Don’t miss the vibrant colors. Head to Seven Magic Mountains before you start your Vegas itinerary!