Explore desert botanical gardens, museums and walking trails at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The Springs Preserve offers visitors an interpretive look at Nevada’s natural and cultural history ... More info ›
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Explore desert botanical gardens, museums and walking trails at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The Springs Preserve offers visitors an interpretive look at Nevada’s natural and cultural history. View interactive exhibits at the Origen Museum and the Nevada State Museum; learn about eco-friendly lifestyles at the Sustainability Gallery; walk or bike past Mojave Desert wildlife; step inside DesertSol, a solar-powered home; and check out the seasonal Butterfly Habitat.
With your full-day admission ticket to the Springs Preserve, you’ll discover the ‘birthplace of Las Vegas,’ learn about Nevada history and see Mohave Desert wildlife habitats. Spend as much time as you like at indoor and outdoor exhibits, museum galleries, hands-on demonstration sites, interpretive trails and more.
Origen Museum: As the interpretive focal point for history at the Springs Preserve, the Origen Museum features an indoor theater, traveling exhibit space and more than 75 permanent exhibits such as Flash Flood, Land Auction, The Railroad, Native American Settlements and Hoover Dam. Wander the connecting galleries, watch documentary films such as Miracle in the Mojave, see multimedia historical recreations and visit live animal habitats to see Relict leopard frogs, desert iguana, gray fox, Gila monsters and more.
Nevada State Museum: Through its expansive collections, the museum works to advance the understanding of the cultural history, prehistory and natural history of Nevada. An exhibit gallery stands as the museum centerpiece, allowing you to stand face-to-face with Nevada's state fossil, step inside a stalactite cave, watch holographic figures tell the tale of Nevada's miners, witness an atomic explosion and experience historical Las Vegas glitz and glamour. (Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday)
NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery: Learn about living a more eco-friendly lifestyle through a bevy of interactive exhibits, children's play areas and an entire house full of sustainable appliances, fixtures and decor. Explore a simulated Las Vegas neighborhood, making your way through areas focused on recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainable construction and water conservation.
Nature Trails: Walk or bike the Springs Preserve's 3.7 miles (6 km) of trails, and follow in the footsteps of ancient natives and adventurous explorers as you meander through 110 acres (44 hectares) of indigenous habitats and archaeological sites. Discover how ranching, railroads and water have all shaped local history.
DesertSol: This one-bedroom, one-bathroom solar-powered home was created by the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team as part of the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013. Check out the ultra-efficient model home's innovations in sustainable home design, including technology, energy and material choices, and learn about its use of solar energy as its only fuel source.
Trackless Train: Take a 20-minute narrated ride down the Preserve's 2.2-mile Exploration Loop Trail and uncover Las Vegas's history with every turn of the wheel (additional fee apply)