Las Vegas Springs Preserve:
The Las Vegas Springs Preserve includes museums, gardens, walking paths and restored structures that recreate the story of Las Vegas' past. The site is opened to the public June 2007.
To get to the springs, you drive north from the Strip on U.S. 95 a mile or two. The Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd. between U.S. 95 and Alta Drive
Address: 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107. Map and Directions.
Phone: (702) 822-8344, Fax: (702) 822-8453
As with most desert communities, water was important to the development of Las Vegas. The springs created a natural oasis with grassy meadows sustaining people for thousands of years. Native Americans lived near the springs up to 5,000 years ago. Spanish found the springs and named the area "the meadows," or "Las Vegas." The Old Spanish Trail led traders, explorers and immigrants through the desert valley. They stopped at these springs.
The Preserve is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. during winter. Trails close at dusk.
The ORIGEN Experience:
The ORIGEN Experience captures the essence of the land, the early inhabitants and the many possibilities for Las Vegas’ future. As the interpretive focal point for the Springs Preserve, the ORIGEN Experience is comprised of three interactive exhibits.
Admission and Pricing:
General admission tickets, available at the gate, and annual passes apply to entrance to the Springs Preserve Gardens, Trails, ORIGEN Experience and Desert Living Center. The prices do not include admission to concerts, performances or other events. See article for 2007 pricing.
Live Desert Animal Exhibits:
Explore the live animal exhibits and see a variety of native mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. Learn how desert animals have adapted to survive the extreme temperatures and dry climate of the Mojave.
The Springs - Preserving the History and Ecology of Las Vegas:
Las Vegas, The Meadows, in Spanish, once attracted people to a lush grassy meadow fed by springs. The Las Vegas Springs Preserve will educate people regarding the importance of water to this desert community and provide a museum, gardens and walking paths. This will be an oasis in the world of bright lights and gambling. Not far off the famed "Strip," the Springs Preserve opens to the public in June 2007.
The Springs includes beautiful natural gardens, live desert animal exhibits, trails, the historical ORIGEN exhibit, educational and meeting facilities.
In 2008, discover the wonders of Nevada at the new State Museum. At its new home at the Springs Preserve, the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society will become a unique part of the overall Preserve experience.
Enjoy a concert or theater performance at the Springs Preserve amphitheater, Las Vegas' only intimate outdoor venue surrounded by the museums and gardens.
General Admission - Adult $18.95
General Admission - Adult Nevada Resident $14.95
General Admission - Child (5 - 17 years) $10.95
General Admission - Child (5-17 years) Nevada Resident $6.95
General Admission - Child Under 5 years Free
General Admission - Adult (65+) Nevada Resident $13.45
General Admission - Student Nevada Resident $13.45
Gardens & Trails (tickets cannot be purchased online) $6*
Annual Pass - Individual $40
Annual Pass - Family $75
*Donations are fully tax-deductible.
The Las Vegas Springs Preserve Website
Information Courtesy: Las Vegas Springs Preserve