The little natural spring, nestled in a peaceful valley in Las Vegas, NV feels much further away than it is. The area became a watering hole for prehistoric creatures and humans because of natural springs, which were later used by Native Americans as a camping ground.
However, the sparse rainfall and hot climate deterred development until the early twentieth century. The property’s first owners eked out a living on a tiny ranch, but it wasn’t until the 1940s that Tule Springs became a dude ranch with guests primarily consisting of socialites awaiting Nevada divorces.
The ranch could accommodate ten to twelve people comfortably. In the 1960s, the property was transformed into a cattle ranch, and in 1977 it was designated as a state park with only minor modifications made to its dude-ranch appearance.
The site is made up of two sections, separated by a strip of lawn and parking lot. Of the 21 structures, seven are one-story concrete-block buildings with wood-frame gable roofs. A small hill with tall trees, grass, and roaming peacocks serves as the centerpiece of the ranch.
Just to the north, a row of animal dwellings and the caretaker’s home runs east to west. A huge barn is located just near these structures. Visitor access to certain buildings is restricted, though the grounds are open.
Floyd Lamb Park in Tule Springs is a lovely getaway with its 680-acre park, which features animals, lakes, lush vegetation, and spectacular views of the Sheep and Spring Mountains. Visit the historic Tule Springs Ranch hidden within the park for further information about early Las Vegas life as well as traditional ranching.
Floyd Lamb Park is a refuge from the surrounding desert. The park has several lakes that support a wide range of fauna and flora, including many fish species and birds, making it popular with birders and fishers.
Fishing in the ponds is permissible with the required license, but swimming or wading in the water is not. If you visit the park during the summer months, you’re likely to see geese, ducks, and even peacocks.
The park features a 2-mile long, twisting walking path that is ideal for children to explore on their own. However, be cautious about your children and ensure that they are always under observation. Many of the larger birds can become rambunctious.
The equestrian center in Floyd Lamb Park, which is located near the park entrance, offers horseback riding lessons. The Tule Springs Ranch and the National Register of Historic Places are also within the park’s boundaries.