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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Parks & Recreation: Sunset Park

Sunset Park
2601 E. Sunset Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 455-8200
Park Hours: Daily 6:00am - 11:00pm 

Amenities
Picnic areas, 9 softball fields, 2 Little League fields, 8 basketball courts, 5 playgrounds, several miles of walk paths, fitness course, splash pad, disc golf course, dog park, pond, RC boat ramp, 7 sand volleyball courts, 8 tennis courts & restrooms.

About Sunset Park
Sunset Regional Park is the crown jewel in the County's park system and has served the entire Las Vegas valley since 1967. Phased park expansions have developed 185 of the 323 total acres, making Sunset the largest and the most distinguished park in the County system. The most recent expansion included adding new playgrounds, a splash pad, walking trails, shaded picnic areas, and open turf areas in the heart of the park. A Reservation Office has been added to offer fishing, sports equipment and bicycle rentals. Sunset Park has repeatedly won awards, such as the Readers’ Choice Award for the Best Park in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Best of Las Vegas poll for the last 5 years. This oasis in the desert offers something for everyone including tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, softball fields, a disc golf course, a dog park, walking and jogging trails, a lake where you can fish for free, with a fishing lincense, and plenty of open space. Group and individual shaded picnic areas attract families and organizations throughout the year. Sunset Park hosts numerous special events, including a Clark County signature event, the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival.  

The land for Sunset Park was acquired in 1967 and contains the last remaining dunes of what once covered most of Paradise Valley. Sunset Park was once home to early ranchers. The Paiute Indian Tribe inhabited the site a thousand years ago and greeted visitors who sought to trade seeds, nuts and turquoise. Water continues to flow under the park and surfaces to provide irrigation to the entire west end of Sunset Park.

Picnic Area Reservations at Sunset Park
Sunset Park has 22 first come first serve areas and 9 reservable areas.
Map of Sunset Park picnic areas (JPG).

Sunset Park Reservations Office hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed
(702) 455-8200

9 reservable areas:

Fee per day
Community Rate

Fee per day
Commercial Rate

Photo

A Aspen 500 limit $250  $500 .jpg
B Bristlecone  250 limit $125 $250 .jpg
C Cottonwood 50 limit $50 $100 .jpg
D Desert Willow 100 limit $50 $100 .jpg
E Elm (R/C Boat Launch) 50 limit $50/ $70 $100/ $140 .jpg
F Foxtail 1,000 limit $500 $1,000 .jpg
G Ginko 250 limit $125 $250 .jpg
H Hickory 50 limit $50 $100 .jpg
I Indigo 50 limit $50 $100 .jpg
Plaza Special Events only, please contact for details (702) 455-8200 .jpg

Sunset Park Field Reservations
Call (702) 455-8200 or visit the Sunset Park Reservations Office (near Area A) to reserve one of the 7 volleyball courts or 9 softball fields and 2 Little League fields.

Sunset Park Reservations Office hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Equipment Rentals at Sunset park
Recreation equipment can be rented at the Sunset Park Reservations building. Single speed beach cruiser bicycles, tot trailers, outdoor volleyball systems, fishing poles & tackle, slacklines, basketballs, deluxe arm chairs, disc golf discs, footballs, soccer balls, tennis racquets & balls and tug of war ropes.  
Detailed rental information (JPG)

Sunset Park Reservations Office hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Sunset Park Multiple Use Trails
With the latest park renovations, Sunset Park now has a total of 4 trails, 3.5 miles of pathway, each with different distance & compositions. Walk, jog or ride your bicycle on all the connecting trails & create a unique path with each visit. The shortest path is 1/4 mile & the largest is 1 mile.
For details on the paths, check out the Map (PDF).  

 
Sunset Park has two enclosed dog runs located on the south side of the park, bordering Warm Springs Rd. 1 run for large dogs & 1 for small dogs. There is 1 shaded picnic area.
Clark County Dog Park Rules, Regulation & Info webpage

Fishing at Sunset Pond
Nevada Department of Wildlife oversees the Sunset Park Pond. The NDOW website has information regarding the lake's history, general information & regulations, stocking, boating regulations, access & fish species.
NDOW Sunset Park Pond information: http://www.ndow.org/Bodies_Of_Water/Sunset_Park_Pond
NDOW Stocking information: http://www.ndow.org/Fish/Stocking_Updates/Southern_Nevada/
or call: (702) 486-6738
NDOW Licensing information: http://www.ndowlicensing.com

Sunset Park Wildlife
More than 200 plant species in the Mojave Desert are found nowhere else on the planet and many of them are preserved at Sunset. The park is also home to abundant wildlife. It is one of the last habitats for Phainopopla, a tiny black-crested bird with red eyes that lives among the mesquite trees. Migratory birds also make Sunset Pond a stop on their travel.

Please do not feed the animals! Bread is not bird food.

Sunset Park Disc Golf Course
Sunset Park has a 27 hole disc (Frisbee) golf course located next to Eastern Ave. along the western edge of the park. The size of the course is 7,608 ft (2,319 m) by 8,775 ft (2,675 m). There are 24 mixed tees (concrete holes). The course is used for leagues, tournaments and public use.
Disc Golf Course Map (PDF - provided by lvdiscgolf.com) 

Native Discovery Area
Located in the recently added eastern section of the park. MAP (PDF)

  • Children's Discovery Area with social and interactive play equipment and native play sculpture
  • Native Mojave demonstration gardens
  • Drainage channel with two stone-clad bridge crossings to trails
  • New park access road from Sunset Road to interior of existing park
  • 12' wide colored asphalt native discovery trails
  • Interpretive signage
  • Picnic shade shelters with picnic tables, BBQ's and trash receptacles
  • Shaded natural picnic areas with game tables

Discovery Trail interpretive panels (PDFs):

Welcome to the Sunset Park Discovery Trail
Butterflies, Birds and Blossoms
Native Wildlife of Sunset Park
Native Plants in Sunset Park
The Mojave Desert
Life Beyond the Air Conditioner: Cool Water Adaptations
Desert Woodland: Mesquite Bosque
Track The Tracks!

Dunes Discovery Area
Located just south of the pond & Area G

  • Interpretive overlook
  • Interpretive history walk
  • 12' wide colored asphalt trails
  • Post and cable fencing for protection of dunes and sensitive bird habitat
  • Interpretive signage and maps
History & Informational Boards on the dune overlook (PDFs):
Dunes History Board
Spanish Trail History Board
Native Peoples History Board
Miller Ranch History Board
Houssels Ranch History Board
Water In Paradise
Tomiyasu Board
Boulder Branch Railroad Board
Physical Setting of Sunset Park Board
Ranch Becomes a Park Board 
 

Sunset to Love video (WMV)
Learn more about Sunset Park's rich history & latest expansion -

Clark County Facilities inside Sunset Park
Sunset Park is home to the Clark County Parks and Recreation Administrative office as well as Clark County Animal Control & Clark County Park Police. The buildings are all located east of the Sunset Pond.
Clark County Parks and Recreation Administration Information
Clark County Animal Control
Clark County Park Police
Clark County Adult Sports Office