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Las Vegas Springs Preserve

West Las Vegas

Also known as Big Spring, this is where legendary Old West explorers Kit Carson and John Fremont parked their horses in the mid 1800s. Huge cottonwoods and natural scrub fill the area, surrounding an early 19th-century well house. The land has survived both fire and the threat of being paved over in the name of freeway expansion; it was restored as the Central Park of Las Vegas for the city's centennial in 2005 and opened to the public two years later as the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a huge site given over to botanical gardens, nature trails and a number of museum exhibits. All in all, a very laudable endeavour.

Venue name: Las Vegas Springs Preserve
Address: 333 S Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas

Cross street: at Meadows Lane
Opening hours: Summer 10am-10pm daily. Winter 10am-6pm daily.
Transport: Bus 104, 207
Price: Admission $18.95; $10.95 reductions; free under-5s.
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