This arid desert wash 30 minutes north of Las Vegas was once a lush wetland, home to some of the most massive and unusual species ever to walk the continent.
For a quarter-million years, until about 7,000 years ago, prides of Ice Age lions and herds of bison roamed the area, as did gargantuan mammoths, dire wolves, saber tooth cats and ground sloths the size of small cars. Now this national monument preserves dense fossil beds with evidence of these creatures and others, and scientists continue to study the diverse paleontological resources at the site.
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Blog Post Historic 'Parks Package' Passes Congress An FAQ with details on today's enormous bipartisan win for national parks.
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Fact Sheet Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument Establishing the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will help scientists, students, and the public learn more about the fascinating history hidden under these desert lands, and preserves this landscape for generations to come.
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Blog Post Where the Wild Things Were A trip to Las Vegas can bring out the wild animal in many of us—but visitors to the southern Nevada desert may not realize the kinds of actual wild animals that roamed the area long before the flashing lights and clanking slot machines took up residence on the Strip. A mere 30 minutes north of all the glittery casino action, a 23,000-acre swath of the desert known as Tule Springs could become one of our next new national monuments—and you might call this remarkable place “where the wild things were.”
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Magazine Article Wolf Hunt Paleontologists stumble on ancient wolf remains in Tule Springs.
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Report Proposed Tule Springs Transmission Corridor This report was prepared in response to NV Energy’s request to locate a transmission corridor in an area known alternately as Tule Springs and the Upper Las Vegas Wash, in an area proposed to be a national monument managed by the National Park Service.
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Blog Post Tule Springs Could Be Our Newest National Monument, Thanks in Part to One Dedicated Volunteer When Jill DeStefano moved from Florida to Las Vegas in 2006, she pictured leisurely mornings, afternoons of mahjong or bridge, and quiet evenings on the patio, watching the sun set. Little did she know she would take on a campaign to make the area near her home a new national monument, managed by the National Park Service.
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Fact Sheet Promoting Tule Springs Local elected officials and community leaders anticipate working with the National Park Service soon to establish entrance points, plan visitor amenities, and establish best-management practices to make Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument a world-class destination.
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Report North Las Vegas Council Meeting Statement Statement of Lynn Davis Program Manager, Nevada Field Office National Parks Conservation Association before a meeting of the North Las Vegas City Council regarding Tule Springs.
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Magazine Article Buried Treasures Just north of Las Vegas, a vast stretch of land entombs the richest Ice Age fossil beds in the Southwest. Could this become America’s next national monument?