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Trails with mountains and clouds

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.

Hours and Admission

The Trails are open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members get early-morning entry at 8 a.m.

Sites of Interest

  • Rare plants and Mojave Desert wildlife
  • Little Spring House that once sheltered the water supply
  • Bird watching in the Cienega and throughout the site
  • Chicken coop, caretaker's house and other remnants of early settlers
  • Archaeological dig of pithouses

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.

Train Rides

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.

Bicycle Rentals

Guests can rent bicycles to explore the trails in a fun and active way. Currently not available until Fall 2016.

Desert Tortoise Habitat

A federally threatened species has found new refuge and enjoys greater public awareness at our 15-acre desert tortoise habitat, located at the property's northwest corner. Learn more about our Desert Tortoise Habitat.


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.

View a map of the Preserve and the trails

Video: Trails

Trails in autumn

Walk, bike or ride the train to explore the trail system at the Springs Preserve! 


Video: Little Foxes

A pair of grey foxes

Learn about the wild grey foxes that are frequently spotted on our trails!


Photos: Trails


Explore the picturesque landscape of our trails.

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