Tule Springs Fossil Beds is a new National Monument, so there are no permanent trails established yet. While Tule Springs Fossil Beds is going through the park planning program, we have established two temporary trails. These temporary trails are marked paths that help gather visitor use data by counting the number of people using these trails, and seeing how frequently different areas of the park are visited. These data will allow for better long-term trail planning within the monument.
Sunlit badlands within a desert wash, surrounded by mountains
The badlands of Tule Springs Fossil Beds are steps away from urban Las Vegas, Nevada.

NPS Photo | Lauren Parry

Durango Loop Temporary Trail

The Durango Loop Temporary Trail offers scenic views of the Las Vegas and Sheep Ranges, as well as the Spring Mountains. On this trail, you will pass through Ice Age badlands as you experience the modern Mojave Desert landscape. This temporary trail features a self-guided tour.

Trail Overview

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Distance: Short Loop: 1.7 mi (2.74 km) | Long Loop: 2.25 mi (3.62 km)
Time: Short Loop: 30-40 minutes | Long Loop: 60-90 minutes
Trailhead: Durango/Moccasin Kiosk
Elevation change: 108 ft (33 m)
Trail Surface: Loose gravel, compacted desert soil

The badlands of a desert wash emerge below a moutnain range.
Views of the upper Las Vegas Wash can be found along the northern portion of the Aliante loop trail.

NPS Photo | Andrew Cattoir

Aliante Loop Temporary Trail

While the Aliante Loop temporary trail offers year-round scenic views of Mojave Desert scrub habitat and the Las Vegas Range, wildflower blooms in spring and summer are a sight to see. This temporary trail features a self-guided tour.

Trail Overview

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 3.25 mi (5.23 km)
Time: 60-90 minutes
Trailhead: Aliante Parkway Kiosk
Elevation change: 75 ft (23 m)
Trail Surface: Compacted desert soil


Last updated: March 30, 2023

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