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Day Trip'n
by Ginny Gottfredson, Sales Manager
Lake Mead Cruises

Spring Into History
In just days, the old Desert Demonstration Gardens on Alta Drive will emerge as the Springs Preserve. Between the 95 and Alta on Valley View Blvd., the Springs Preserve is an exciting 180 acre mix of ancient history, gardens, live exhibits and state of the art green buildings.

Desert Living Center buildings are the first in Nevada certified platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Grand opening weekend kicks off June 8. There is a special concert by Jewel in the 1,800 seat outdoor amphitheatre on Saturday evening, June 9! Call 822-7770 for concert information.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, visit native desert creatures from cottontails and desert tortoises to kangaroo rats. Even explore a bat cave! The Origen Experience has New Frontier, a hands-on experience for youngsters to learn about our environment, or visit People of the Big Springs to see how Native Americans survived the Las Vegas Springs without air conditioning! Natural Mojave features a flash flood exhibit, and depicts how wild life and plants adapt to our desert.

Three of four trails are ready for the grand opening. Cienega, which means wetlands, offers a bird blind; Crossroads takes you where ancestors refreshed themselves in Big Springs, and Springs Trail is an archaeological adventure into Southern Nevada’s past.

Local’s admission is $13.45. Gardens and Trails tickets are no charge, but a donation of $6 is appreciated. During your visit, enjoy the on-site restaurant, and gift shop. More information is available at, or 822-8344; gardens, 258-3205.

NEAT NEVADA NOTES: Our State Tree is the single-leafed pinon and the Bristlecone pine. The pinon was designated by our legislature in 1953. In 1987, the Bristlecone was given State Tree status so we have two State Trees. Some Bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on earth and have been Nevada residents over 3,000 years! When in Ely, stop by the Bristlecone Convention Center downtown and check out their Bristlecone Pine Exhibit.

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