Floyd Lamb Park

There are major tourist attractions in North Las Vegas. This time there we discovered Floyd Lamb Park. It’s at 9200 Tule Springs Road and well worth the $6 entrance fee we paid. Floyd Lamb Park is characterized by 4 small lakes and is definitely an oasis in the Mojave Desert. Most people claim that it is worth finding and they wish they had known about it a lot sooner. We went twice.

Floyd Lamb Park’s size is disputed. Estimates range from 2,000 down to 680 acres. In a desert setting, this park is locally known for lush vegetation, considerable wildlife, and as a noted picnic spot. It’s opened from 9 to 5 pm in winter and from 8 am to 8 pm in the summer from April to September. We wandered around for a long time, and it was alive with locals having a good experience playing sports and having a barbecue.

Floyd Lamb Park was once home to Tule Spring Ranch where many mammoth bones have been found. It is 20 miles from the famous Las Vegas Strip. Prospector Jacob Goumond bought the land to develop a private retreat for his friends but it evolved into a place for prospective divorcees. Mostly women came for a 6 week residency, which was very short by national standards, in a city known as a marriage magnet. Jacob grew alfalfa and ran a dairy farm here. He died in 1954 and the city of Las Vegas bought it 10 years later and turned it into a park to honor a state senator.

The original buildings mostly remain as do the swimming pool and a gazebo. Peacocks wanders around as do geese and ducks. The buildings mostly have a ranch-like character. On the property are 4 small stocked lakes where there are many picnic tables and the lucky catch rainbow trout. The catch limit is 3 fish and you won’t believe you’re in the Mojave Desert.

This is not to be confused with the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument that is nearby. I will write about it another day. I was told that a new visitor center is being built that will turn these attractions into a major must-see for Las Vegas visitors.

Hank

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