Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs: Las Vegas Hidden Historical Gem
Las Vegas has some hidden gems you may not have been aware of! One such place is Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.
Early nomadic Indian tribes called “Tudini” (meaning desert people), and later their decedents, known as the Southern Paiutes, settled along the springs in shelters made from mesquite branches, shrubs and tules. Tule Springs was a natural watering hole and kept the native people here even during the winter months. Evidence of their settlements are present in the form of turquoise ornaments, pottery pieces, knife fragments and scrapers left behind.
Actually, signs of life, such as fossil remains of early mammoths, bison, horses, camels and other Pleistocene fauna, can be dated back to prehistoric times according to the City of Las Vegas website. Tule Springs offers a rich historical sight right in our backyards that has been evolving for thousands of years.
In the early 1900s, 10 acres in the area were purchased and cultivated by a man name John Herbert (Bert) Nay. He sold his property in 1929 and the property remained vacant until 1941 when Prospector Jacob Goumond began to transform this desert into a working ranch. The working ranch became self-supportive, raising livestock and growing all types of vegetables for the ranch hands who worked at Tule Springs. Gradually, it became a guest ranch accommodating several visitors who sometimes participated in the daily chores of the ranch. Over the years the property grew to 880 acres.
A group of businessmen purchased the property from Mr. Goumond’s granddaughter in 1959 and leased it as a working cattle ranch until the city of Las Vegas purchased the property in 1964 for use as a city park and renamed it in honor of State Senator Floyd Lamb. The park was acquired by the state of Nevada by legislative action in 1977. On July 2, 2007, it was officially transferred back to the city of Las Vegas at which time the park was renamed Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. – City of Las Vegas
Located in the NW valley, close to my Las Vegas home, my family and I really enjoy our time at the sprawling park grounds in spring and fall. We often make a day out of our park visit with BBQ’s and Frisbee games; the boys will even play a little football. The park offers picnic areas and trails as well as the fishing holes. We bring the children’s scooters and bikes to ride along the trails.
There is plenty of wildlife and they are not shy. I suggest not feeding the birds too closely to where you plan on picnicking; they can become “pushy” as my 10-year-old calls it. Also appropriate shoes are a must as the trails seem to get longer with each trip around.
My favorite thing about visiting the natural springs at Floyd Lamb Park is the fabulous photos I get while we’re there. There are many photo ops and beautiful nature backdrops to make any family photo shoot stunning with very little effort.
There is a daily per car park fee of $6 or you can purchase an annual season pass: $15 for seniors or $45 otherwise. The park also holds a Farmers Market on the first and third Saturdays from 10am-2pm (admission is free). Be sure to mention that you’re attending the Farmers Market at the gate entrance. I’m looking forward to the nice weather so I can check it out for myself so look for an update about it coming soon.
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Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is located at 9200 Tule Springs Rd., Las Vegas NV 89131, just off US95 and Durango in the Northwest part of the Las Vegas valley.
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