Come see where Las Vegas began. As you walk or bike the Springs Preserve's 3.65 total miles of trails and meander through 110 acres of native habitats and archaeological sites, you will follow in the footsteps of adventurous explorers and ancient peoples.
You will find reminders of people who were here before us and the natural setting that attracted them. Along the trails, a wealth of evidence reflects not only thousands of years of local history, but major historical themes of the American West. Native American peoples, European exploration and settlement, ranching, railroads and of course, water, have all shaped what you will see on your journey.
You'll also discover the "birthplace of Las Vegas" at the site of the Las Vegas Springs, which once bubbled to the surface and supplied the valley with its main water source. Spanish explorers named the valley "Las Vegas" (meaning "the meadows") because of the springs and the greenery surrounding the area.
Be sure to come prepared for your journey. Bring lots of water, a wide-brimmed hat, comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure. Please note that pets are not permitted along the trails.
Our 12-ton, trackless train takes guests on a historical 20-minute, narrated ride around the 2.2-mile Exploration Loop Trail. Learn more about train boarding passes, schedules and more.
Guests can rent bicycles to explore the trails in a fun and active way. Learn more about bike rental availability, fees and policies.
See what archaeologists are uncovering on site.Video »
Explore the picturesque landscape of our trails.Photos »
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