Top 10 Gardens and Natural Wonders to Explore in Las Vegas

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
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6: Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

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Address: 6375 NV-159, Blue Diamond, NV 89004

If the Spring Reserve was right up your alley in-terms of experiencing Nevada’s natural backyard, then the Spring Mountain Ranch is another page in the book of desert secrets. Here you will find plenty of beautiful natural flora as well as the rich cultural heritage of the Paiute who live there. You can take a tour and explore the history for yourself, taste the sacred tradition, and come away with a new perspective in life.

Lake Mead

7: Lake Mead

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Address: 268 Lakeshore Road, Boulder City, Nevada 89005

While the body of water is natural in the sense that water is the source of life, Lake Mead is actually made possible through human engineering, through the creation of the Hoover Dam. The lake is the largest of its kind in America, and it is a proverbial oasis in the middle of the desert landscape of Nevada. There’s plenty to do in and around the lake, it’s a great alternative to visiting the flashier theme parks with the family.

Floyd Lamb Park
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8: Floyd Lamb Park

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Address: 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131

If you’re not one for hiking in Mount Charleston, then Floyd Lamb is an excellent alternative to go out and be in the wilderness, do some fishing around Tule Springs, and go camping in a relatively safe environment. There are some creatures that might run into you, but you won’t be chasing bears or lions away from your tents.

Valley of Fire
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9: Valley of Fire

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Address: 29450 Valley of Fire Road, Moapa Valley, NV 89040

The name may sound a bit ominous, but trust us, this is one state park you won’t want to miss. It is officially the oldest park in Nevada, it looks like a living museum piece. The rocks all around you are records of Earth’s turbulent past, ancient tree stumps serve as fossilize reminders of what once was. Don’t forget to stop by the famous Elephant Rock and take note of the various wall paintings and carvings from prehistoric man.

Fly Geyser
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10: Fly Geyser

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Address: Gerlach, NV 89412

One last exhibit of the freakish combination of man and nature, we find the world’s only man-made geothermal geyser. It’s like a science project gone awry, but it looks absolutely amazing. This dome of colorful algae and rock was created via a well that was drilled a century ago, releasing the hot water that was trapped below, eventually forming the colorful mineral deposits that are seen today.

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