Las Vegas Wash
Clark County Wetlands Park and Nature Preserve
Las Vegas Wash includes hiking and bird watching information. Las Vegas
Wash and Clark County Wetlands Park provides habitat to about 300 fish
and wildlife species and more than 200 species of upland, riparian and
wetland plants. Some of the wildlife include coyotes, beaver, roadrunners,
cottontail rabbits, lizards, toads, the Valley Leopard Frog, dragon flies,
crayfish, and carp. At the visitor center you can pick up pamphlets on
the different activities going on around the wash. One of the pamphlets
is on the birds of the Las Vegas Wash which was compiled by members of
the Red Rock Audubon Society.
The park runs from the various water treatment plants near
the natural beginning of the Las Vegas Wash to where the wash flows under
Lake Las Vegas and later into Lake Mead.
The 12-mile long Las Vegas Wash is a natural drainage channel
for the Las Vegas Valley bordering Frenchman Mountain and the red sandstone
of Rainbow Gardens on its way to Lake Mead. Wetlands are known to clean
the water that runs through them, filtering out harmful residues from
oils, fertilizers, and other contaminants that can be found on our roadways
and in the surrounding desert.
One purpose of the park is to reduce the environmental impact
of waste water and storm runoff leaving the drainage basin area, to slow
down the flow of the water, catching silt, and reducing the undercutting
of the dirt walls that form the wash.
Native plants and large pieces of demolished construction debris are
used to stabilize the sides of the wash. Some native plants in areas of
standing water help to purify the water by removing various pollutants
as the slow moving water provides these plants with nourishment. Wetlands
Park is a 2,900 acre habitat for numerous species of wildlife and an essential
step toward cleaner water in Southern Nevada.
The Nature Preserve is a wildlife habitat and viewing area. It features
two miles of concrete walking trails, graveled secondary trails, a bird
viewing blind, ponds, trail markers, and beautiful views of the nearby
alluvial fan and mountains of Rainbow Gardens. As well, primary trails
are ADA accessible. The water in the Nature Preserve is not intended for
human contact, so swimming, wading and fishing are not allowed. The 100-acre
Nature Preserve is located at the west end of the Wetlands Park. Visitors
can explore the many facets of a dynamic wash environment that has formed
as a result of water runoff from the Las Vegas Valley.
There is a 2.4 mile scenic drive and a Visitor's/Education Center with
exhibits and classrooms. There are ponds for wildlife and plant habitat
and re-vegetation plan of 210 acres. There are 43 miles of multi-use trails
for equestrian and pedestrians only with rest stops every ½ mile.
There are six multi-use trailheads, parking, signage, restrooms, and three
equestrian trailheads. No overnight camping.
Jason's thoughts - WOW a real river with real water falls in LAS
VEGAS! Fun indeed. Great walk, gorgeous fun biking offroad with Kelly
(part of my 12th year anniversary present to her, 30
day anniversary gift). We walked 1.7 mile of paved trail and biked
5 miles offroad across the water and through the brush. We got lost and
had a security guard escort us off some county property. Jason liked trudging
through the wash carrying the bicycles on his shoulder, one at a time
so we could cross the icy cold water, with mud up to the knee. This is
one of the most scenic areas INSIDE the city of Las Vegas for doing outdoor
activities. Lots of places to have riverside or pond front picnics when
it is not too hot.
Kelly's thoughts - Wow, what a beautiful oasis in Las Vegas. Some
of my native Vegas friends didn't even know about the Wash. That's to
bad, they could've been enjoying this place with their children. Of course
I am not going to visit it in the summer season because the hikes and
trails are in full sun, but count me there the other nine months of the
Travel Info - The east side of Las Vegas, the end of Tropicana
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