The bill creating Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument was signed into law on December 19th 2014. The area cover 22,650 acres and is located north of Las Vegas, NV. It is bordered by Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Clark County, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Reservation.
The are will be managed by the National Park Service.
For the past 250,000 years, up until around 7,000 years ago, this arid desert wash (Upper Las Vegas Wash) was a lush wetland, home to some of the most massive and unusual species ever to walk the continent. Including Columbian mammoths, ice age american lions, dire wolves, and saber tooth cats. Dense with fossils and scientific data, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument tells the story of survival, adaptation, evolution, and extinction.
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is located less than 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada. The monument is 35 square miles and stretches along US Highway 95 north of Aliante and Centennial Hills to Creech Air Force Base.
Because Tule Springs is a new park, there is no visitor center, facilities or parking areas. Right now to access the park, people can park on nearby public roads in the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and they can enter the monument on foot. Federal regulations prohibit off-roading in the park. Vehicles are only permitted on approved roads and only when the vehicles are properly licensed for street use.
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is open during daylight hours. The park is closed at night.