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Springs Preserve Las Vegas – What You Need to Know Before You Go

Visiting Springs Preserve Las Vegas? These are the highlights and local tips to help you make the most of your visit.

Springs Preserve has 180 acres of nature, exhibits, and attractions perfect for everyone, especially families with kids. If you love nature, they have trails and botanical gardens. They have educational exhibits about Vegas’ rich history. They have a wildlife exhibit with the cutest gray fox, an art gallery, a theater, bike rentals, a café, and more!

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Last Updated: May 10, 2024

About the Springs Preserve

The Springs Preserve is located on the original Las Vegas Springs site, discovered in 1829 by a group of Mormon pioneers. The springs were a vital water source for the early settlers and played an essential role in developing Las Vegas.

In the late 1990s, the Las Vegas Valley Water District acquired Springs Preserve, restored the springs, and developed the preserve into a museum and educational center.

Today, the Springs Preserve includes several museums, galleries, and exhibits that showcase the natural and cultural history of the Mojave Desert and the Las Vegas Valley. The extensive botanical gardens feature plants native to the desert region.

Springs Preserve Address

333 S. Valley View Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89107 (map)

Springs Preserve Hours

Springs Preserve: Thursday to Monday, 9 AM to 4 PM (last entry at 3 PM)
Cafe: Thursday to Monday, 9 AM to 3:30 PM
Nevada State Museum: Thursday to Monday, 9 AM to 4 PM (last entry at 3 PM)
*Check this site for any closures or changes in hours before visiting.

Springs Preserve Ticket Prices

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Ticketing Office.
Nevada Residents: $9.95 for adults / $4.95 for children ages 3-17
Non-Residents: $18.95 for adults / $10.95 for children ages 3-17
Memberships start at $30 for individuals and $60 for families

Local Tip: We highly recommend the membership for families living in Las Vegas. Members can access the Outdoor Natural Areas at 8 AM.

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Best Things to Do at Springs Preserve

1. Nevada State Museum

The Nevada State Museum’s primary focus is on the history and culture of Nevada, emphasizing southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley. The museum’s exhibits cover topics, including the geology of Nevada, Native American cultures, the mining and railroad industries, and the history of Las Vegas and its famous Strip.

One of the popular exhibits is a replica of a 19th-century Las Vegas, complete with a saloon, blacksmith shop, and general store.

The museum also features several interactive exhibits, such as a virtual reality experience that allows visitors to explore a prehistoric Nevada landscape and a simulated earthquake demonstrating seismic activity’s effects on buildings.

See More: 15 Best Museums in Las Vegas + Local Tips

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2. Origen Museum

We love the Origen Museum at Springs Preserve! It focuses on the ecology and wildlife of the Mojave Desert and Las Vegas Valley. Don’t miss:

  • The Flash Flood Exhibit simulates a flash flood in a desert environment. It helps you understand why it’s dangerous and how plant and animal life have adapted to survive.
  • The Live Animal Exhibits include a gray fox (our favorite), desert cottontails, lizards, frogs, snakes, and Gila monsters. They house many animals that we can naturally see in the area.

They also have a rotating exhibit in the Origen Museum. So far, we’ve seen Wicked Plants and a Mini-Golf Exhibit.

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3. Botanical Garden

The botanical gardens at the Springs Preserve are a beautiful and unique attraction that showcases the diverse plant life of the Mojave Desert and the surrounding areas. The gardens cover over eight acres and feature various plants native to the region.

One of the highlights of the botanical gardens is the Cactus Garden, which features over 300 cactus species and other succulent plants, including some rare and endangered.

You should also check out the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, and the Sustainable Desert Garden. The Sustainable Desert Garden showcases plants and landscaping techniques designed to conserve water and reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.

Local Tip: If you’re interested in plants, they hold events and classes, including a plant sale, gardening tips, and more.

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Seasonal: Butterfly Habitat

Although it’s only opened seasonally (April 6 through May 27, 2024), the Butterfly Habitat is a popular exhibit at the Springs Preserve. You wander through the habitat while the butterflies from all over the world fly around you.

Butterflies creep me out, so I haven’t been yet, but maybe we’ll have Jacob check it out at some point.

4. Train Rides

Trains were a significant part of the Old West and still play an important role today. The train ride is a great way to get to Boomtown 1905. On the 8-minute tour, the conductor tells you more about the areas you’re passing through.

Local Tip: The train schedule changes throughout the year. When you arrive at Springs Preserve, ask about the train to time your visit.

See More: 25 Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

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5. Boomtown 1905

Boomtown 1905 is a recreated historical streetscape that gives you a glimpse of Las Vegas between 1905 and 1920. You can visit multiple buildings, including a train depot, railroad cottages, a mercantile, a hotel, a bank, and a saloon.

Local Tip: The train will drop you off and pick you up here. Just check the schedule.

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6. Waterworks

WaterWorks is an interactive exhibit that focuses on the importance of water conservation and management in the desert environment. While visiting, you can learn more about the different stages of the water treatment process and even see it in action.

You can also touch replicated quagga mussels, use a microscope to look at harmful water contaminants, check out rock samples excavated hundreds of feet below Lake Mead’s surface, and more.

Local Tip: The entrance to Waterworks is on the left as you walk towards Boomtown 1905.

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7. Hike the Trails

Springs Preserve has 3.5 miles of trails. These are four trails:

  • Exploration Loop Trail (2.21 miles) – passed by Boomtown 1905 and is the longest trail
  • Crossroads Trail (0.54 miles) – see an adobe home foundation, well derrick, and prehistoric spring mound
  • Springs Trail (0.45 miles) – historic structures and tortoise habitat
  • Cienega Trail (0.37 miles) – lush desert wetlands and cottonwood groves

Local Tip: Members can access the trails and other outdoor areas at 8 AM.

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More Things to DO at the Springs Preserve

  • DesertSol – a 754-square-foot solar-powered home showcasing what sustainable living can look like
  • Nature Exchange – a place for young naturalists to trade found items like shells, rocks, bark, and more
  • Playground and Splash Pad – great for kids
  • Sustainability Gallery – Learn about eco-friendly lifestyles and the natural world

Map of the Best Things to DO at the Springs Preserve

Upcoming Special Events

Dinosaur Explorer
May 25 – September 2, 9 AM – 4 PM Thursday-Monday
Dinosaur fans won’t want to miss Dinosaur Explorer, a new exhibit at the Springs Preserve. The exhibit explores the wildest, wackiest and most wonderous dinosaurs and examines human physiology through the lens of these magnificent creatures. Although they lived millions of years before us, dinosaurs adapted to not only survive, but to thrive on Earth. Create your own personalized dinosaur, step into a nest and discover why these creatures were dino-mite. Presented by Imagine Exhibitions. Free for members or included with general admission.

Spring Garden Series: Herbs
Saturday, June 8, 9 AM
Fresh herbs are the “chef’s kiss!” Learn how to grow and cultivate a variety of herbs at home from the gardening experts at the Springs Preserve. The specialty class is the third in a series focused on desert climate gardening. Cost: $15 for nonmembers; $10 for members. Reservations are required; seating is limited. Purchase tickets at springspreserve.org. 

DRI Science at the Springs–The Story of Extremes
Thursday, June 13, 6-8 PM
This thought-provoking science lecture delves into the realm of extremes. Explore the impacts and dynamics of extreme heat, flash flooding and atmospheric rivers. Decipher the mechanisms driving these phenomena and their far-reaching consequences on our environment and society. Discover the science behind these extreme occurrences and gain a deeper understanding of how they shape our world. The Story of Extremes is part of the DRI Science at the Springs—a multimedia, science storytelling series that explores environmental research, personal narratives and climate solutions. Admission: $10. Reservations are required; seating is limited. Purchase tickets at springspreserve.org. 

Free Class: Basics of Performing a Home Water Audit
Saturday, June 1, 9 AM – 12 PM
It can be difficult to know where you’re using the most water. Are you irrigating your landscape correctly? Do you have a leak at your home? In this free class, experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) walk you through a home water audit, providing basic tools to answer these questions. The class is free, but registration is required. Seating is limited. Register at springspreserve.org. 

Free Class: Drip Irrigation
Saturday, June 15, 9 AM – 12 PM
Get the help you need to make your landscape desert-friendly and your irrigation system more water-efficient. This free class is taught by experts from the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) in partnership with the Springs Preserve. Learn the skills to design and install a drip-irrigation system, including how to select and assemble components. You’ll build a drip system model right in the classroom. The class is free, but registration is required. Seating is limited. Register at springspreserve.org. 

What to Eat

The Springs Cafe is onsite and offers food from Bronze Cafe and drinks from Aspire Coffee House. They serve sandwiches, salads, burgers, lattes, smoothies, and more. They have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.

Best of all, it’s in a beautiful building with indoor and outdoor seating where you can get great views of the valley and the Las Vegas Strip.

Here are some other spots nearby you can check out.

See More: 49 Best Places to Eat in Las Vegas

Where to Stay

Essential Tips

  • Free parking is available onsite. The main parking lot has EV charging stations.
  • During excessive heat warnings of 105 degrees or more, they will close trails, train rides, and outdoor tours for the safety of guests.
  • You can bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages into Springs Preserve. Glass containers are prohibited.
  • Coolers and bags must be no larger than 24″ x 15″ x 18″. Dry ice and loose ice are not allowed.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes since you will be covering some ground.
  • Remember to apply and reapply sunscreen. The Vegas sun is intense.
  • Bring a debit or credit card. Cash is not accepted at the preserve.
  • Bring your reusable water bottle (our current favorites). Multiple water refill stations are onsite.
  • Bikes, skateboards, scooters, dirt bikes, four-wheelers, or other recreational vehicles are prohibited.
  • Keep your distance from wild animals, which include mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and 150+ migratory birds.
  • Only service animals (not emotional support) are allowed and must stay leashed.

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