Nature Center, Preserve Closed After Fire at Clark County Wetlands Park
The Nature Center and the trails of the surrounding Nature Preserve will be closed Tuesday after a fire caused an evacuation of Clark County Wetlands Park the day before. High winds are expected so officials are concerned about possible flare-ups reigniting a blaze. The fire occurred Monday afternoon in the Nature Preserve, north of the Nature Center. The other trailheads outside the Nature Preserve remain open.
At 2,900 acres, Clark County Wetlands Park is one of the largest urban wetlands in the Southwest and serves as a popular destination for hikers and bird watchers. Most of Clark County Wetlands Park, created in 2001, is undeveloped and shaped by urban water runoff and reclaimed water that flows through the Las Vegas Wash and into Lake Mead. Visitor activity centers around the 210-acre Nature Preserve, which is located on the west side of the park, and includes the Nature Center complex.
More than 200 species of birds and 70 species of mammals and reptiles have been spotted in the park, including beavers, coyotes, bobcats and snakes. The park features more than 13 miles of trails, including six miles within the Nature Preserve. The Nature Center was built with several eco-friendly design elements and features an exhibit center, auditorium with orientation film, and informational kiosk.
Clark County Wetlands Park is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue. The telephone number is (702) 455-7522. Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk. Information about the park’s programs and activities is available on Clark County’s website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/Wetlandspark. You also can like Clark County Wetlands Park on Facebook and follow it on Twitter at Twitter.com/CCWetlandsPark.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.