LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Just beyond the vivid lights of the Las Vegas Valley you will find the natural beauty of the Spring Mountains.
And this is where you will see the historic Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
“Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a state park of over 520 acres and we are focused on preserving one of the original ranch sites in Las Vegas. We have a 3 acre pond where wildlife, birds and the community can really enjoy, ”Nevada State Parks Performer Ranger Joshua Yelle.
The ranch offers visitors a break from city life while bringing them closer to the Spring Mountain Range.
“We have a total of 4.5 miles of walking trails in the park; we have the Ash Grove Loop, the scenic trail that takes you through a unique part of the park as well as a canyon trail that includes Lake Harriet.” , Yelle said.
The park is a 40-minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip, with many natural beauties on display, next to the famous Red Rock National Conversation Zone.
“We are located in beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Surrounded by the Spring Mountains and Mount Wilson with several areas of greenery,” Yelle said.
With recreational activities year round, the state park is a popular getaway.
“It’s a great place just to escape the heat of Las Vegas, and it’s just a great place to explore some of the natural beauty of the desert,” Yelle said.
Visitors can take in the views, take picnics, hikes, and tours, while exploring some of southern Nevada’s history.
“We allow visitors to take a peek into the past, and that’s something we don’t have much left in southern Nevada, and luckily the third oldest ranch in the state is preserved in a mostly pristine condition, ”Yelle said.
The park is home to some of the state’s oldest buildings, with roots dating back to the 1860s, including a blacksmith’s shop and a founding main house that serves as the headquarters of the park and visitor center.
“Our Visitor Center is a sandstone building, and it was built in the style of a New England farmhouse with radio and movie star Chester Lauck using it as a vacation home where every family can now escape too. “
Guests can walk around the historic sandstone hut and review what the house looked like with original furnishings and touches from different eras and owners.
“The house is divided into three different owners. You will see the 1948-1955 era, the Vera Krupp era with a master bedroom and bathroom through the period 1955 to 1967 until Howard’s ownership period Hughes from 1967 with a piece dedicated to that time, ”Yelle said.
The historic ranch has attracted big names through its history, from early James Wilson and George Anderson to German film star Vera Krupp in the 1950s to Howard Hughes who bought the ranch in 1967 before it became a park. State in 1974.
“Homeowners such as Vera Krupp have created additions to the house like a veranda and a secret passage to another room in the house. And guests can explore the different times of owning the house during a visit,” he said. Yelle said.
When it comes to outdoor activities, the park has several hiking trails – all offering their own experience of wetlands, lookouts, and even a lake.
“We have five different ecological zones, including some of the oldest ash trees – something you won’t find anywhere else in Red Rock Canyon. “said Yelle.
Spring Mountain Ranch Park is the perfect family getaway, especially as we take advantage of the cooler temperatures of fall with planned events and returning volunteer opportunities.
“We have a great volunteer program. We are always looking for volunteers and you can participate in the returning Pioneer Day and families don’t want to miss this and other programs throughout the year.” , Yelle said.
When you or your family need a quick getaway to spend a more relaxing time with the beauty and history of southern Nevada, be sure to include Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.