Floyd Lamb State Park
Floyd Lamb State Park was originally called Tule Springs, an early water stop for Native Americans. It was later a working ranch and a dude ranch in the 1950s where many people would wait six weeks to get a Nevada divorce. Today there is the Tule Springs Ranch Historic Area and four small fishing lakes where people visiting for the day with their luxury car rental can relax.
Located only ten miles north of Las Vegas, this park is a short drive with your luxury car rental. It can only be used during the day, but there are picnic areas with tables and grills, bike and hiking paths, and of course, washrooms.
Water has long been an attraction for people coming to the area. When you visit with your luxury car rental you will learn that the Indian populations would use this site for their seasonal migration across the Las Vegas Valley. Europeans also stopped here on their way to mining districts. The first non-Indian to claim water rights here was a man named John Herbert ay in 1916. He was the one who built the adobe hut in the park to serve and a blacksmith shop and storage room. In 1928 Nay sold his part of the land and moved to California. Soon after the property was vacated until 1941 when another man, Jacob Gourmond, bought the land to create a ranch.
Originally the eland was used as a private retreat for personal friends. However, soon after divorce laws were changed in Nevada to be the shortest time in any state. This dude ranch was often frequented by movie stars who would come to the area to obtain a divorce. It was quite a relaxing place, with a swimming pool, lake, tennis courts, shooting range, horseback riding, hayrides, dances, and Las Vegas just a short trip away with a luxury car rental. At the same time, the land was used to cultivate cattle and produce; it was completely self-sufficient. In 1964 the City of Las Vegas bought the land and turned it into a city park. The state took hold of the land in 1977, renaming it after a state senator.
Fishing is allowed in all of the lakes found in Floyd Lamb State Park, so be sure you bring your equipment if you have it with you in your luxury car rental. Large mouth bass is native to the lakes here, but they are rarely caught. In the summer the lakes are stocked with catfish, and rainbow trout in the winter. All adults fishing here require a Nevada State Fishing license.
Other Interesting Attractions Nearby
Also close to Floyd Lamb State Park with your luxury car rental are many other parks:
- Spring Mountain Ranch State Park – a historic site with many famous owners, including Howard Hughes.
- Valley of Fire State Park – Red sandstone gives this park its colorful name. There are many Indian petroglyphs throughout the park, offering a glimpse into Native American history.
- Mount Charleston – the tallest peak in Las Vegas.
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area – the largest man-made lake in the Western Hemisphere, offering camping, swimming, and boating.
- Hoover Dam – an engineering wonder. Guided tours are available each day.