Our Mission

Protecting, preserving, supporting and promoting responsible stewardship of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and Ice Age Fossils State Park.

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Our Story

Protectors of Tule Springs was informally founded in 2006 in an effort to preserve the last of the undeveloped portions of the Upper Las Vegas Wash basin in the northwest portion of the Las Vegas Valley.

In the early 2000s, those areas were proposed as a disposal area for the further development of the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas, and unincorporated Clark County. During a meeting held to finalize the proposed disposal of these lands, a small group of citizens became aware of the unique paleontological and biological resources that would be forever lost to more roads, housing and commercial development should the proposed disposal boundary be approved.

This small group of North Las Vegas residents began an 8-year effort to forever protect what was nearly lost.

Protectors of Tule Springs became a formal non-profit corporation and recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 2012.

Monumental Mammoth Sculpted from Recycled Desert Trash

Southern Nevada will soon have an iconic, life-sized Columbian Mammoth sculpture, inspired by the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument! The Monumental Mammoth will be permanently installed at Ice Age Fossils State Park, slated to open later this year. But we need your help to make this happen!

News About Protectors

It’s Time to Hit the Trail at TUSK!

It’s Time to Hit the Trail at TUSK!

The Aliante Loop Temporary Trail is now open at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK)! Follow the markers to navigate the roughed-in trail to waypoints with QR codes...

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Our Dogs Are BARKing!

Our Dogs Are BARKing!

As part of a National Park Service program, Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument had a swearing in ceremony in February for a very special pack of volunteers – our B.A.R.K....

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May Membership Meeting CANCELED

May Membership Meeting CANCELED

MEETING CANCELED The Protectors of Tule Springs membership meeting scheduled for May 26, 2020 has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope all of...

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  Partnerships and Support

Protectors’ public awareness campaign evolved into a partnership with a diverse group of organizations and a broad base of public support. Managed by the National Park Service, the effort to make this area a national monument attracted the unanimous support of local elected officials, the United States Air Force, the Las Vegas Paiute tribe, tourism industry leaders, educators, scientists, conservation organizations and community groups. In addition, thousands of citizens registered their support.

Four local government entities – the Clark County Commission, the Las Vegas Mayor and Council, the North Las Vegas Mayor and Council, and the Tribal Council of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe – voted on and unanimously passed a resolution in November 2009 asking Congress to make Tule Springs a part of the National Park System.

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