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Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

State Historic Park


About Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley, features the historic remains of an adobe fort built by Mormon missionaries along a spring-fed creek in 1855. The creek, the only free-flowing water for miles around, provided irrigation for fields and orchards and the 22,000 square foot outpost served as a way station for travelers. Today the park is located in what is now Downtown Las Vegas. In addition to the fort, which contains a multitude of historic artifacts, a Visitor Center contains exhibits and photos that illustrate the history of the site.

Park Detail


Picnicking/Day Use: There are numerous picnic tables located within the park. Restrooms are available, along with a Museum and a Gift Shop.

Programs: Information about program scheduling may be obtained from either park staff or kiosks. Upon request, special presentations can be arranged for groups.

Park Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (last admittance 4 p.m.) Closed Sunday & Monday

Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed Sunday & Monday


  • No dogs are allowed in park, except for service animals.
  • Bicycling inside the park is not allowed.
  • 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.
  • The use of drones or any remote controlled aircraft is not allowed. Visit B4UFLY for more info.
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing all park rules and regulations in effect. Detailed rules and regulations are posted at the park or by viewing the Park Rules page.
  • 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 the Nevada State Parks division office. 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.


The park is located in the Las Vegas Valley which is part of the Mohave Desert. The native vegetation consists of the Creosote Bush plant community, however, historic land clearing activities have destroyed the original desert vegetation. (READ MORE)


More than 150 years ago, a spring-fed creek flowed through the Las Vegas Valley, creating an oasis in the desert. With the only free-flowing water and grass for miles around, the site attracted the native Paiute as well as traders, emigrants and gold seekers traveling the Old Spanish Trail to California. The Spaniards called the place las vegas, which is Spanish for the meadows. (READ MORE)

Park Fees

Museum admission: $3.00 (children 12 and under are free.)


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