Your Go Las Vegas pass includes
Access to the grounds, gardens, and trails
Admission to the Nevada State Museum and the Origen Museum
Admission to the WaterWorks
Access to the Butterfly Habitat
Located in an otherwise very urban part of Las Vegas, Springs Preserve encompasses a wide array of activities, institutions, and natural spaces.
It's one of the most important cultural institutions in Las Vegas - sometimes called “The Birthplace of Las Vegas,” it’s intended to commemorate the past, present, and future of this iconic city with museums, galleries, botanical gardens, trails, and more.
Springs Preserve is built on the site that served as the primary source of water for indigenous peoples thousands of years ago and early settlers. As a result, you’ll find remains of early settlements and their agricultural and economic endeavors (such as an early chicken coop). You'll see these archaeological sites throughout the trail system that winds through the park.
Springs Preserve highlights
Origen Museum - as its name suggests, the Origen Museum is concerned with the history and roots of contemporary Las Vegas. This interactive space features highly regarded traveling exhibitions and several popular permanent exhibits, including the “Flash Flood” exhibit and the “Miracle in the Mojave” film. Visitors can also explore live animal exhibits featuring a diversity of critters including lizards, desert cottontails, gray foxes, Gila monsters, and more.
Nevada State Museum - offering 13,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Nevada State Museum includes several iconic installations that showcase the significant natural history of the region. Highlighted artifacts and objects include the Nevada state fossil, Ichthyosaur Shonisaurus popularis, a relocated stalactite cave, holographic images retelling the story of historic miners, and others.
NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery - these interactive exhibits showcase the importance and value of an eco-friendly life. From an imagined Las Vegas neighborhood featuring the greatest in sustainability and green technology to exhibits that highlight best practices in recycling, composting, alternative energy, water conservation, and green building. You’ll also find children’s play areas that highlight eco-friendly practices at an age-appropriate level.
WaterWorks - the newest permanent exhibit at Springs Preserve, WaterWorks features a variety of installations that both showcase significant bodies of water in the region (like Lake Mead) and highlights major concerns in regional water conservation. Housed in the historic Charleston Heights Pumping Station, this exhibit is a rare opportunity to see how water gets from nature to your tap.
Botanical Garden - actually comprised of a selection of individually themed gardens, the Botanical Garden features plants indigenous to the Mojave Desert and others that have adapted to grow in dry climates. Here is a list of the primary gardens and what they focus on. You'll journey through the Mojave Cactus and Succulent Collection, the Teaching Garden, Cactus Alley, Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Enabling Garden, Palm Garden, Linn Mills Vegetable Garden, Constructed Wetlands, and the Wildlife Gardens.
Natural Area & Trails - parts of the expansive Springs Preserve grounds but separate from the Botanical Gardens, the trails meander for 3.5 miles through uncultivated, wild nature spaces. The trails roam through all 110 acres, past multiple native habitats (such as a desert tortoise habitat) and archeological sites (including remaining structures from early settlers).