Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has been around as long as I can remember. When I was a child growing up in Las Vegas, it did seem as though it took a very long time to get here. Today it is smack dab in the middle of paved roads, schools, and homes. Looking like you have stepped back in time brings a nostalgic feeling of a bygone era.
Did you know?
What started out a watering spot, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs has gone through one transformation after another. At one time, Indian families and prospectors would make use of the springs on their way through the Las Vegas Valley. Tule Springs Ranch was initially designed as a private retreat for owner Prosper Jacob Goumond in 1941. Goumond looking to take advantage of Nevadas’ short residency requirements to file for divorce, created a dude ranch setting for guests to wait out their time.
Don’t be fooled though, this was a working ranch with 100 acres of land planted with alfalfa and cattle that were bred and raised on the property. Also residing on the property were dairy cows, pigs, chickens, horses, turkeys, ducks, and geese. Yes, in this oasis in the middle of the desert. In 1964 The City Of Las Vegas purchased the land to use as a park and renamed it in Honor of State Senator Floyd Lamb. The rest, as they say, is history.
You read that heading right, prehistoric times. Fossils have been found within Tule Springs! Come on, what kind of fossils? Mammoths, bison, horses, camels, giant sloths, and even prehistoric plants have all been found within this park. Pretty cool right? Knowing that when you visit here, you could quite literally be walking amongst prehistoric creatures.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs covers 2040 acres and houses four small lakes, ducks, geese, chickens, horses and peacocks. It is a beautiful retreat to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Do you like to fish? Fishing is allowed on each of the four lakes and is usually stocked with fish monthly. A fishing license is required! http://www.ndow.org/Forms_and_Resources/General_Licenses/
Are farmers markets more your style? We have that too! Market days are the third Saturday of every month, and you also have the opportunity to become a vendor. https://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Residents/Parks-Facilities/Floyd-Lamb-Park.
Walking paths are another amenity to living near the park. Walking amongst the desert foliage you might encounter a horse and buggy, many people walking their dogs and possibly a hummingbird or ten. Hawks and burrowing owls have also been spotted at this popular walking trail. The walking trail is located right outside of the park on Racel and Coke.
Self-guided tours are easy to take by asking for a map at the gatehouse upon entering the park. You can tour the lakes and surrounding parks but also the Historic Ranch House and other historic buildings which remain on the property. Running into a peacock or bunny on your adventure is a definite possibility.
Whatever your reason for joining us at Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, enjoy the view!