Las Vegas Nature

Chirping birds, garden trails, fresh air, wildlife. Hmmm, must be Las Vegas.


Yes indeed, just a scant four miles from the world’s most unnatural strip of manmade extravaganza there exists a peaceful oasis of tranquility known as the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. When it opened last June, it was not with the fanfare which normally accompanies grand openings in Vegas, but rather with a quieter demeanor more appropriate for a nature preserve.

Visiting Vegas to enjoy nature is like climbing Mt. Whitney to enjoy the ocean. And yet, according to a recent article in the LA Times, the 185 acre preserve is well worth the trip thanks to its “176,000 square feet of museums, educational galleries…, interactive exhibits…, expansive botanical garden, and 2 1/2 miles of trails.”

Hmm. As much as I love nature, this sounds like a place to send the wife and kids while you’re holed up in the sports book.