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Take a nature walk at Las Vegas Springs Preserve

Updated on March 24, 2011

What is the Springs Preserve

The Las Vegas Valley Water District has built and maintained a nature preserve about three miles to the west of downtown Las Vegas (the Fremont Street area). It's built around Las Vegas Springs, which was the original water source for the area and the reason people starting to settle in Las Vegas.

The Springs Preserve will give a perspective of the history of the area before any slot machines were installed. There are exhibits on history, green living in the desert, nature trails, a new history museum, and the nature exchange aimed which is great for children.

What I really like about Springs Preserve is that you can explore nature without having to take a 4 and a half hour trip to the Grand Canyon (shorter if you spend hundreds and go by helicopter).

Things to do at the Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve is open from 10 to 6 and is located on 333 South Valley View Boulevard. Admission is under $20 for everyone, with discounts for children and seniors. In addition, the prices are half for Nevada residents.

Events at the Springs Preserve change with the seasons. They do a Haunted Harvest during the last weeks of October, for example.

If you're looking for a great place to eat at the Springs Preserve, try the Springs Cafe by Wolfgang Puck. Not only is the food amazing, but it offers spectacular views of Las Vegas including the Las Vegas Strip. You can even eat out on the patio.

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