Most people associate Las Vegas, Nevada with flashy casinos, premium hotels, and five-star restaurants. There’s more to Las Vegas than gambling and great food. National parks in Las Vegas are worthy of notice and appreciation. The Grand Canyon is not far from Las Vegas. People should take advantage of the amazing scenery and visit these parks. Let’s take a look at some of them.

The Amazing Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

This state park covers an area of 520 acres. It’s found in Red Rock Canyon near the beautiful cliffs of Wilson Range. These mountains have springs of water which have historically provided nourishment to the people who settled here.

The park has four special species of plants for those who enjoy botany. Native plant species include the Black Brush, the Riparian, Desert Scrub, and the Pinon-Juniper. Many plants grow naturally in these woodlands and deserts. During the rainy season, wildflowers are visible throughout the park, such as the Joshua tree, globe mallow, and the desert marigold. Most animals in this park are nocturnal and remain hidden during the day. Common species found in this desert are reptiles, such as snakes and lizards. Look for antelopes, squirrels, deer, and jackrabbits. Coyotes and foxes are also sighted.

Historic Valley of Fire State Park

This spectacular park is 55 miles North East of Las Vegas; it’s the largest and oldest national park in Nevada. The park got its name from the formations of red sandstones dating back to the dinosaur era and the blunt attractiveness of the Mojave Desert. Trees as old as a few hundred years are all over this wonderful park. Rich in history, the presence of early human beings is evident from the historical carvings by Native tribes.

The park is open to the public through the year. It has a fully-fledged visitor center with extensive displays. Those visiting as groups or with special accommodations can notify the park’s staff. There are many activities for visitors to engage in, including going for picnics on the beautiful grounds of White Domes, Atlatl Rock, and Seven Sisters. Nature lovers and camping enthusiasts will enjoy the photographic opportunities that are found in the park. There are 51 units available for campers on the grounds, but the park operates on a first come, first serve basis. Amenities available at the camp-sites include grilling equipment, clean water, and tables with shade.

The Preserve of Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge

On the 10th of September 1979, Moapa Valley was recognized as a refuge to save an endangered species of fish known as Moapa Dace. This species of fish is listed by the US federal government as an endangered species. The Moapa’s population was declining due to people invading their natural environment and destroying their homes.

This refuge covers an area of 106 acres in the Nevada’s Clark County 60 miles to the North of Las Vegas. This location is suitable for the preservation of Moapa Dace and prevention of its extinction. The fish are found in six springs close to the center of the refuge. The nature of this area is composed of three different units. The Plummer unit on the East side, Apcar unit, and the Pedersen towards West. These units have natural warm springs of their own.

Anyone who’s visiting Las Vegas would be amazed by the magnificent beauty of nature. So, come and see “The Other Las Vegas.” Visit any of these parks for an unforgettable experience.