How do I get to Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument?
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is located less than 20 miles from the Las Vegas strip in Southern Nevada. You can access the park by bus, bike or car. For directions, click here.
Where can I park?
Because Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is a new park, it doesn’t have any facilities or parking areas, at this time. Please park on nearby public roads and enter the park on foot.
Where can I go hiking?
There are no official trails, at this time, but the entire park is open to hiking.
How much does it cost to enter the park?
There are no entrance fees at this time.
Where can I get my passport stamped?
The Tule Springs Passport Stamp is available at the Corn Creek Visitor Center at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Headquarters in Boulder City, at the Lake Mead Visitor Center and at the Interagency Building at 4701 North Torrey Pines in Las Vegas.
What is a National Monument?
A national monument is a special place in America that is legislatively protected so current, as well as future generations, can visit it and learn about its history and importance to our country. Like Tule Springs, most national monuments are managed by the National Park Service.
What fossils are located here?
Paleontologists have discovered many fossils at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument. Some date back as far as 200,000 years ago. Extinct large mammals include the North American lion, Columbian mammoth, horses, bison and camels. Smaller rodents, such as squirrels, marmots, voles and gophers have been found, along with birds like the extinct teratorn, hawks, ducks and owls. Tortoises, lizards, snakes, frogs and bony fish have also been found in the monument.
Can I collect fossils?
No. In order to preserve this area for future generations, it is illegal to possess, destroy, injure, deface, remove, dig or disturb any natural cultural or archeological resources from a unit of the National Park Service.
Do you offer group hikes?
When group hikes are available, they will be posted on our facebook page.