Frequently Asked Questions about Wetlands Park
Q: IS THERE A CHARGE TO COME TO THE PARK, OR VISIT THE EXHIBITS?
A: No. Unless otherwise noted, all park areas, programs, and events are free!
Q: IS THE WETLANDS PARK A WATER PARK?
A: No. The Clark County Wetlands Park is a natural area that includes outdoor hiking and biking trails, wildlife viewing and a Nature Center.
Q: CAN I BRING MY DOG TO THE WETLANDS?
A: Dogs are welcome ONLY in certain areas. Dogs are not allowed within the 210-acre Nature Preserve, this is to protect wildlife and their habitats. Dogs are permitted on trails and trailheads outside the Nature Preserve and must be on a leash and under their owner's control at all times. The Duck Creek Trail system is dog friendly, featuring waste stations and even a doggie drinking fountain. Please click here for a map: Printable map of Wetlands Park (PDF)
Q: CAN I RIDE MY BIKE AT THE WETLANDS?
A: Yes, except within the Nature Preserve. We recommend the paved Wetlands Park Loop Trail that runs for 7 miles north of the Las Vegas Wash. This trail can be accessed from the Neighborhood Park, Sunrise Trailhead, from the Flamingo Arroyo Trail, or from the River Mountains Loop Trail. This trail continues along the south side of the Las Vegas Wash, connecting at the Powerline Crossing bridge on the east side and the outside edge of the Nature Preserve on the west side. The Loop Trail is unpaved from Pabco Trailhead to the Nature Preserve. Paths inside the Nature Preserve are designed for foot traffic only.
Q: CAN I SWIM AT THE WETLANDS PARK?
A: No. The ponds and streams in the Nature Preserve contain reclaimed water and are not intended for human contact. For your safety, swimming, wading, boating, and fishing are not allowed.
Q: CAN I FISH AT THE WETLANDS PARK?
A: No. The ponds and streams in the Nature Preserve contain reclaimed water and are not intended for human contact. For your safety, swimming, wading, boating, and fishing are not allowed. The State of Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners CR 11-12 lists “the Las Vegas Wash and all waters within the Clark County Wetlands Park” as closed to fishing. For information about where to fish in Nevada, please click here: http://www.ndow.org/Fish/Where_To_Fish/
Q: CAN I PICNIC AT THE PARK?
A: Yes, but only at designated picnic facilities. Picnic facilities are available at Duck Creek Trailhead, Sunrise Trailhead, Pabco Trailhead, Wells Trailhead, and Neighborhood Park. Picnics are allowed indoors in the Cafe at the Nature Preserve. Please help us keep the park clean and free of trash to protect the wildlife and respect your fellow visitors. Use the trash containers provided or pack it out. Barbequing, grilling, campfires, and cooking are not allowed in the park.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I BRING WHEN I VISIT?
A: Bring bottled water or a reusable water bottle. Drinking fountains can be found at the Nature Center, Neighborhood Park trailhead restrooms, Nature Center parking lot restrooms, and the Duck Creek Trailhead.
Wear comfortable clothes for walking, long sleeves and sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and closed-toe shoes. Bring binoculars, a camera, a field guide, and a sense of wonder and joy! Always check weather reports before venturing out into the park. Summer temperatures can exceed 100*F. Trails and access roads can flood during storms.
Q: CAN I DROP OFF MY TURTLE AT THE PARK?
A: No. You may have noticed that we have a lot of turtles here, however please don’t let your family pet loose in the wild! It is illegal to abandon pets. Sometimes when people do not want their pet (whether it is a turtle or aquarium fish), or they move, the owners releases them into the wild. This might seem helpful to the turtle, but in reality, you are releasing a domestic animal into a new and different environment. You are also making it hard on the animals that already live here, crowding them out and introducing diseases and parasites. Do not release pets into the wild, but instead, drop them off at a local animal shelter, pet store, or veterinarian.
Q: IS THERE PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT AT THE PARK?
A: Yes! Neighborhood Park has a desert-themed play area. Climbable art in the form of a beaver, toad, and snake invite scrambling and sitting. A rock-like climbing wall awaits the more adventurous.
Q: CAN I HUNT?
A: No. Hunting is not allowed within Wetlands Park. In fact, the entire Las Vegas Valley is closed to shooting of all kinds. Check with Nevada Department of Wildlife for hunting locations. Visit the Clark County Shooting Range for target shooting.
Q: CAN I RIDE MY ATV OR OHV OR JEEP OR DIRT BIKE?
A: No. Trails in Wetlands Park are for pedestrian, bicycle, or equestrian use only. For the safety of all our visitors, no motorized vehicles are allowed on trails.
Q: CAN I FEED THE WILDLIFE?
A: No. It is against county ordinances to feed wildlife in Wetlands Park. The food humans usually feed to wild animals is not nutritionally complete, and it can cause serious health problems for the animals, especially when they are young and still developing. Also, animals who are raised relying on humans for food may struggle to survive in the absence of that artificial food source. Keep wildlife wild and do not feed the animals.
Q: CAN I FLY A DRONE AT WETLANDS PARK?
A: No. Operation of drones and other remote aircraft within the boundaries of the park is prohibited.
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Exhibit Hall Open Daily 9:00am to 4:00 pm
7050 E. Wetlands Park Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89122
Phone: (702) 455-7522
Fax: (702) 455-8747
The Wetlands Park Nature Preserve and Nature Center are located east of Las Vegas off East Tropicana and Wetlands Park Lane. Click map for directions