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Wetlands Park in Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Clark County Wetlands Park

For fans of quiet and urban ecotourism, one of the must visit places in Las Vegas is Clark County Wetlands Park just beyond the football and rugby stadium.

The Wetlands Park is relatively new, and old-timers in Vegas (those here for 30+ years) remember when it was a lowly wash/trash dump. Today the park has been rescued and renovated, providing a much different story for visitors. Wetlands Park is a remarkable in-town get-away, a green oasis on the edge of Las Vegas.

Families are most welcome and the museum is kid- and family-friendly at every turn.

The Wetlands Park is overseen by Clark County Parks & Recreation and a dedicated group of staff and volunteers. The park includes 2,900 acres along the Las Vegas Wash, the final link in the Las Vegas Valley’s water supply, an “urban river” carrying more than 185 million gallons of water daily to Lake Mead.

The park includes walking and biking trails, plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography and relative quiet in a unique natural environment.

Birding: Wetlands Park is a major stopover site for hundreds of species of birds traveling the north-south Pacific Flyway that extends from Alaska to Patagonia.

The Clark County Wetlands Park is free to enter at all access points. The park is open from dawn to dusk every day. The Nature Center is open from 9am to 4pm every day except New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Restrictions: no dogs!

Have a look: currently in February 2017 construction is underway for a new weir to reduce erosion and create more wetlands. For those curious, here’s more about weir building and channel stabilization from LVWash.org. Keep Vegas Weir’d!

Key Links

http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/cc-wetlands-park-homepage.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/wetlandspark
@CCWetlandsPark @ClarkCountyNV
https://www.lvwash.org – https://www.facebook.com/LVWash

World Wetlands Day

February 2 is World Wetlands Day (#WorldWetlandsDay) and we visited the park early Thursday morning. Videos below.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/planeta/sets/72157662881445424

Nearby: If you enjoy the Wetlands Park, check out Cornerstone Park and the 50-year-old veteran Sunset Park.

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