This gem of the Ice Age is brighter than ever in the Mojave Desert on the northern fringe of Las Vegas. Officially on my 2018 Places to Visit.
The monument is 35 square miles and stretches along US Highway 95 north of Aliante and Centennial Hills to Creech Air Force Base.
Created December 2014
1,300 acres are allocated to the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas
Reasons to visit
Visit notable places called Tule
See park creation in process
If you can’t take a long walk, take a short one. (Vegas is an incredible hub for state and national parks, recreation areas, and national monuments. But few are closer to town as Tule.
Because Tule Springs is a new park, there is no visitor center, facilities or parking areas. Right now to access the park, people can park on nearby public roads in the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and they can enter the monument on foot. Federal regulations prohibit off-roading in the park. Vehicles are only permitted on approved roads and only when the vehicles are properly licensed for street use.
Bus service from Las Vegas to Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is available through the Regional Transportation Commission. Route #119 travels from the Las Vegas Strip to Elkhorn and Aliante Parkway in North Las Vegas. For route times, visit http://www.rtcsnv.com/wp-content/uploads/routes/2014/09/119.pdf.
Las Vegas and North Las Vegas are bike-friendly cities. Bicycle routes, bicycle lanes and shared-use paths are available from Las Vegas to the Southern portion of the park in both the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. For bike route maps, visit http://www.rtcsnv.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/RTC_BikeMap-May2014.pdf.
— Humboldt Toiyabe NF (@HumboldtToiyabe) December 19, 2016
— NV Conservation League (@NVconservation) December 19, 2016
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) December 22, 2014
Developers of Villages at Tule Springs will pay $5M in private dollars to build the first assets in our urban national monument pic.twitter.com/15gUdyZLWg
— North Las Vegas City (@CNLV) December 19, 2016
— Gary Arndt (@EverywhereTrip) December 16, 2016
👍 We didn't want to be LAME + @tulespringsnps is TUSK Better than TUSP
— Lake Mead (@lakemeadnps) December 13, 2016
— Nathan Tannenbaum (@ntannenbaum) December 8, 2016
Celebrating the new and established partnership between the National Park Service, City of North Las Vegas, and The Villages at Tule Springs pic.twitter.com/GQBJPYWhHC
— Tule Springs (@students4tule) December 20, 2016
— Tule Springs (@tulespringsnps) October 7, 2017