Monday, June 9, 2008

A Visit to the Springs Preserve

It’s been a while since our more extensive entry, but here it goes…

On Sunday, the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas celebrated its first anniversary, with reduced admission fees, all-you-can-eat ice cream offerings, live music and other activities. George and I always wanted to visit this park, but never did. We're glad we took advantage of this opportunity. The weather was also perfect for such outings. There was plenty of sunshine, a gentle breeze and the scorching desert heat has not yet set in. In other words...perfect conditions.

This place is simply amazing. It’s far larger than we had anticipated and it’s the most un-Las Vegas attraction in Las Vegas, which we find very refreshing.

The Springs Preserve is actually the birthplace of Las Vegas. Its springs were once providing water to Native Americans thousands of years ago and later sustained travelers of the Old Spanish Trails. Today, this park educates visitors about its rich geographical and cultural history. There are countless exhibitions about the local flora and fauna, archeological digs and how contemporary Las Vegas has influenced the valley. Also included are educational and recreational attractions to inform about the human impact on the environment and how to protect it for the future.

In addition, there are demonstration gardens, a small zoo showing local animals and reptiles in their natural habitat, a self-guided trail through the preserve itself, lectures, arts and crafts classes, and of course...this still being Las Vegas...a Wolfgang Puck café.

Still under construction is the future home of the Nevada State Museum, which eventually will be part of this very impressive complex. We will definitely visit this extraordinary place more often.

There is way too much to see and do to list here. Here are some photos of our visit to the Springs Preserve. The following snippets only capture a small insight into an attraction on a much grander scale.

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