Top Spots To See Spring Wildflowers In Las Vegas

May 7, 2016 5:00 AM

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Wildflowers are best to bloom in the lowest elevations, making the Las Vegas valley the perfect place to see some of the most riveting arrays of flowers this spring.  This past winter has been more mild for Las Vegas history, and this year spring has arrived early, making this blooming season one of the most impressive of all times.  The best way to be active and get in tune with the world around you is to go outdoors. A great idea is to take a natural floral tour and discover what new wonders and colors this season has to bring.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservatory Area
3205 State Route 159
Las Vegas, NV 89161
(702) 515-5350

As your driving down State Route 159 headed towards Red Rock, each side of the highway is laced with a bed of lively and bright wildflowers. It’s like following a yellow brick road to a magical world full of colors and interesting sights. Nevada’s first National Conservation Area with over 13 miles of scenic routes, hiking trails, rock climbing and picnic areas along with indoor and outdoor educational exhibits is one of Vegas’ best places to spot rare wildflowers.

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Clark County Wetlands Park
7050 Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89122

The Las Vegas Wash is an ideal place to catch wildflowers in full bloom. The riparian area is full of streams and hiking trails that stretch miles long, with hidden man-made ponds and wild animals roaming free. The most star attractions are the hydrophilic plants that include desert globemallow, desert sunflower, desert marigold, indigo bush, brittlebush, desert sunray and bear poppy. The flowering plants across The Wash include the desert willow, mesquites and creosote. The park’s habitat improves the quality of our water supply with over 300 plants and animals along with award-winning educational programs. It’s perfect for that long bike ride, walk or group tour.

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Ireteba Peaks Wilderness
Nelson Road & 95 S
Searchlight, NV 89046

Off the 95 S headed to Nelson Road 165, the world’s most remarkable sight of wild flowers surround the dirt roads from south to east and cross the boundary of Lake Mead.  Once you reach the tip of the wilderness area, hiking trails lead guests down towards the lake.  Scattered sightings of jumping cholla, brittlebush, wooly daisies, Sego Lilies, monkeyflowers, lupines, suncups and more are as far as the eye can see. For the thrill seekers, there’s a cross country hike to climb up a ridge to view even more wildflowers on top of the rocky slopes. This easy short drive from Henderson and Boulder City,  has an astounding view of blooms that include beavertail cactus and Phacelias by El Dorado Canyon, Gypsum Cave Road and Lake Mead.

Valley Of Fire State Park
Interstate 15/Exit 75
Las Vegas, NV 89040
(702) 397-2088 

Home of Atlatl Rock is a campground and picnic area surrounded by mounds of wildflowers. Founded in 1935, it’s known as Nevada’s oldest state park with 3000 year old Petroglyphs that tell the Anasazi stories of where the red sandstone monoliths meet the Mojave Desert. Just at the edge of Lake Mead National Recreation Area, the spot is most famous among film makers, nature fanatics and photographers.  Home of many big horn sheep, coyotes, ravens, tarantulas and more with slot canyons that allow you to touch both sides as you stand in the middle.  The Mouse’s Tank is perfect for kids to climb rocks on the short trails where they can watch bats swoop up bugs at dusk.

Tule Springs Ice Age Park
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-8875

In the upper Las Vegas Wash, if you like desert strolls, mountain biking or camping alongside rare Las Vegas bear poppy wild flowers and wild peacocks, Tule Springs Ice Age Park is one of the valley’s hidden treasures. Founded in 2006, this remote location sits on the northern outskirts of Las Vegas, where thousands of fossils have been saved and preserved to educate the public about the protected area. The paleontology work dedicated to this area have restored Ice Age mammoths, American lions, bison, sloths and camelops fossils that roamed the land 7,000 to 250,000 years ago. Tule Springs is perfect for a local fishing trip with lakes stocked with plenty of catfish and trout, depending on the season.

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