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Ice Age Fossils

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About Ice Age Fossils

COMING SOON! Officially announced in January of 2017 as part of Governor Brian Sandoval’s “Explore Your Nevada Initiative”, this 315 acre park features a portion of the upper Las Vegas wash that is rich in both paleontological and historical resources. During the Pleistocene, also known as the Ice Age, the wash provided verdant habitat for several species of now extinct mammals, including Columbian mammoths, American lions, camels, dire wolves, and ground sloths. The discovery of abundant fossils onsite triggered a long history of scientific research, which includes the famous “Big Dig” of 1962-3, the largest inter-disciplinary scientific expedition of its kind up to that point.

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FACILITIES & AMENITIES

Although there is currently no existing infrastructure onsite, the park will feature a modern visitor center and a network of interpretive trails that will take visitors out to the fossil beds and “Big Dig” localities. The grand opening of the park is planned for summer 2020.


FIELD NOTES

  • Removing, disturbing or damaging any historic structure, artifact, rock, plant life, fossil or other feature is prohibited. State and federal laws protect this area and its resources.
  • Hiking in the park is permitted.  However, no official trails exist at this time.
  • Operating an OHV, UTV, or any other type of motorized vehicle is prohibited.
  • Camping and campfires are not allowed.
  • Pets are welcome, but they must be kept on a leash of not more than six feet in length.
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or may be obtained from any Park Ranger.
  • Those with developmental and/or physical limitations are invited to enjoy all of the recreational activities of Nevada State Parks. If you would like to request additional support or accommodations, please call Nevada State Parks at (775) 684-2770. We continually seek ways to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities and welcome any suggestions you may have.
  • View a list of frequently asked questions.

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