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The Wetlands Of Las Vegas (Yes, You Read That Right)

Where: 7050 Wetlands Park Lane [map], 89136
January 17, 2013 at 2:50 PM | by | ()

At VegasChatter, we always keep our ear to the ground to keep you up-to-date on what's going on. Recently, a VegasChatter fan gave us a tip about the Wetlands Park just southeast of The Strip. We did some digging around and found some great reviews and interesting tidbits on this unique find!

Only 20 minutes away from the center of The Strip, the Wetlands Park might just be the closest off Strip adventure one can have. The park offers visitors a completely different experience than what others in the area can provide. Lush green banks along large ponds of water isn't a common sight in Vegas, however, it can be found in the wetlands!

Recently, this park has received a influx of new features; most importantly, a new visitors center that houses nature exhibits and provides a great lookout over the park. There is on-going construction in the park as they are still working on more upgrades so, if you are going with small children, ensure to inquire and stay away from those spots.

The park has paved trails which can accommodate bikes, but most areas are for those on foot only as to not disturb the wildlife. The area has been known to be home to many small animals such as: frogs, fish, turtles, ducks, rabbits, and plenty of birds. If you are a dog person, there is one trail (Duck Creek Trail) that allows dogs on leashes, otherwise they are prohibited.

More info on the park can be found here. But, all you really need to know is that it's open from dawn till dusk, seven days a week. The visitors center, however, is only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most importantly, the wetlands are FREE to visit, which is something hard to come by in Vegas. This can be a quick getaway for those tired of the heat, lights and noise of the concrete jungle that is the Vegas Strip. We will be checking it out at the next opportunity and will make sure to share our experience.

(PHOTOS: clarkcountynv.gov, Wetlands Park on Foursquare)

Archived Comments:

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Wonder if this Wetlands area is part of the reason Las Vegas got its name. I am sure there are many meadows around these Wetlands.

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yes it is spanish for the meadows but the wetlands are used for reclaiming water and a filter as well. The paths that run thru the area are extensive(get a map on site) The paths go from pavement to gravel trails. They are well laid out and traverse thru the park, but watch for the signs warning you to stay on the paths as the entire area is fragile, where all forms of wildlife can be found(bring a camera)We go there as often as possible as it's quite and time passes quickly, start hiking and poof an hour or so has passed. Remeber to bring water as it gets very hot even this time of year. As for any meadows around it, development has taken care of those