Wetlands Park remains a ‘hidden gem’ in Clark County
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Clark County Wetland Park spans nearly 3,000 acres and is the county’s largest park.
But even with its size, it remains a hidden gem off East Tropicana and Wetlands Park Lane.
“We’re still a bit of a secret in the Las Vegas Valley. We’re the largest park under Clark County Parks and Recreation. We have a 210-acre nature preserve with many trails to explore and possibly be seeing wildlife as well, ”said Ben Jurand, environmental specialist at Clark County Wetlands Park.
The park began in 1991 and has grown into a major recreational and educational resource in the valley.
The park is a popular destination for hikers, bird watchers, and is an important part of our water system in southern Nevada.
“The Wetlands Park is created by all the water used in the Las Vegas Valley. The Las Vegas Wash is the main part of the Wetlands Park. It is our urban river. And we collect all the water in the Las Vegas valley.” , Jurand said.
The Wetlands Park includes over 20 miles of trails, including six miles in the nature reserve which is the heart of the park on 210 acres.
“In the nature reserve section, we have six miles of trails. We don’t allow dogs or bikes on the nature trail, so we can help protect animals as well as guests to see wildlife.” , Jurand said.
Some of the popular nature reserve sites include Cottonwood Grove, Boardwalk Pond, and Vern’s Pond & Island.
“We have several distinct habitat types and some that you don’t normally see in the Mojave Desert. We also have some really big trees in the nature reserve where all the running water is, and we’ve recreated all of it. natural habitat, ”Jurand said.
The region has three distinct habitats and miles of paved and unpaved trails, where visitors can escape the city and the desert.
“For those visiting the park, I would recommend visiting the nature reserve as there is a lot to see in a small area. Each of the different habitats has its own plants and animals to see. There are several areas to explore,” Jurand noted.
The park is home to over 300 species of birds and many mammals and reptiles have been spotted in the park.
“We have all kinds of wildlife in the park, from coyotes and road runners to even a few non-poisonous snakes and beavers that love to make their home out of the water,” Jurand said.
There is also a 14 mile Wetlands Loop Trail that runs along the perimeter of the park, where work is underway to complete its full connection.
And several of the park’s trails are accessible throughout the eastern part of town, including the Duck Creek Trailhead with shrubs, grass, and trees.
“There is a lot to see in Wetlands Park. We have so much water that helps all the trees and habitats in the park. Visitors say they forget they are in the desert so they can experience nature,” said Jurand.
Wetlands Park is open year round to guests and should be included in your Las Vegas outdoor activities.