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The Pittman Wash Henderson Nevada A Greenbelt Energy Field

Updated on October 23, 2011

An Attraction To The Pittman Wash

There is a peaceful easy feeling that seems to pass through the inner spirit of most who experience a bit of time walking, hiking or biking the Pittman Wash. It radiates from passers by as feet pad across the asphalt trail. The Pittman Wash is paved for easy accessibility. From that vantage point the scene is crushed rock leading to the edge of a deep ravine. Standing on the lip of the wash is the meandering path filled with all the attraction of a greenbelt energy field.

Greenbelt Energy Flow Not Just for Flood Water

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Pittman Wash is a meandering flood control project and multi-use parkway

Photos from the Pittman Wash

Information Station at Candle Bright Dr and Baring Cross Street entryway
Information Station at Candle Bright Dr and Baring Cross Street entryway | Source
People enjoy the greenbelt energy and natural beauty of the Pittman Wash
People enjoy the greenbelt energy and natural beauty of the Pittman Wash | Source
Landscaped pockets add interest and beauty to the parkway
Landscaped pockets add interest and beauty to the parkway | Source
Locals walk dogs, hike and bike from the many entrances around the adjoining neighborhoods
Locals walk dogs, hike and bike from the many entrances around the adjoining neighborhoods | Source
A ground squirrel on the hurry
A ground squirrel on the hurry | Source
Looking down from the upper lip of the structured flood control project
Looking down from the upper lip of the structured flood control project | Source
Flowers and insects to entertain your inner child
Flowers and insects to entertain your inner child | Source
the Pittman Wash is a flood control project and multi-purpose greenbelt parkway
the Pittman Wash is a flood control project and multi-purpose greenbelt parkway | Source
October is in bloom at the Pittman Wash
October is in bloom at the Pittman Wash | Source

Getting a Positive Energy Fix at the Pittman Wash

A place for solitude and sunshine awaits you at this wash. Filled with all kinds of vegetation that starts at the top near the walkway, this part of the Pittman Wash is managed by the city of Henderson and a boat load of volunteers. Small pockets of inviting landscape mark the trails. Benches and trash bins, dog friendly postings and night lighting are just a tad of what to expect. The plantings, in pockets along the wall separating the residential neighborhoods from the wash, blend nicely with the natural growth along the lip of this crevice in the Earth. The beauty of the beast always fills me with positive energy.

Take Hiking Shoes and a Camera

There is plenty to take in as you walk along the pathway, but if you like to break into the brush and get off the beaten path, put on some hiking shoes and grab your camera. The wild flowers are amazing and call out to be the subject matter in photographs. Small reptiles, lizards and snakes are often seen crossing the path too. Bird watching is not my cup of tea but there are a big variety of birds at the Pittman Wash and they too make great subjects for the lens. One of my favorite sights to see are the wild Partridge or maybe they are quail with a curly top on their heads. They scurry through the brush always two steps ahead of their human stalkers.

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    • JamaGenee profile image

      Joanna McKenna 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Yes, I remember going down streets in Vegas as well as Henderson where there'd be houses on both sides wide a glaring gap mid-block with large signs that announced "Flash Flood Area!". Somehow, though, Caesar's Palace (if memory serves) somehow got a permit to build one of their parking lots on top of a flash flood zone, then had to deal with dozens of angry guests whose cars got washed away after a particularly heavy rain up in the mountains. The parking lot remained, but *many* signs were installed warning people not to park in it in "bad" weather. Well, you know how that goes. It can be pouring in the mountains and stay bone dry on the desert floor for a day or two, or 5 minutes of rain can turn in a gully washer, so my friends and I weren't taking any chances. We simply never parked in that lot in *any* weather! ;D

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      C.S.Alexis 

      7 years ago from NW Indiana

      JamaGenee, You are so right and I got tickled when I read this comment because a "wash" is a natural flood zone but I truly am not sure everyone around Henderson understands the nature of things. You would have to read all the signs posted and some of the local news articles about the erosion and problems facing this wash. It would seem that some folks might think they know more about it than Mother Nature.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      7 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Wow, I've never been there. Looks wonderful. Love your photos. Thanks.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Some people might not know that a "wash" is just that. The natural paths rainfall and snowmelt in the surrounding mountains take when they come roaring down through the Las Vegas Valley several times a year. Therefore, a wash isn't so much a flood control "project" - meaning planned or engineered - but simply ensuring that the path eked out by Mother Nature over thousands of years will be preserved in order to protect surrounding homes and businesses from the ravages of flash flooding. Considering space in the valley is limited, if such paths aren't preserved, greedy developers would've filled them in and built on them years ago.

      Years ago, btw, I lived in "Henderson proper", back when there were still miles of open desert between it and LV. Glad to know TPTB still take natural flood zones seriously. ;D

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      Sounds like a wonderful place to renew one's spirit with a nature walk. I love the way the area has been planned for multiuse that can help prevent floods and is also easily accessible to nearby residential communities. Vote up, useful, awesome and beautiful.

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