Protectors Vice President Sandy Croteau and her team have created a brand new hike for 2018: the Tufa Trail hike. This path will follow some of the area where the first official trail in the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument will be constructed later this year. This will be an approximately two-mile hike over rough desert terrain (but it does not have the hills like most of our hikes, so it is a bit easier).
What is Tufa? Tufa is a calcium carbonate deposit laid down around plants, trees and other vegetation. When the streams in this area dried up 14,000 years ago, their calcium carbonate deposits remained. This hike will highlight evidence of the 14,000-year-old stream beds, an amazing feature of the Monument.
Three hikes are available and open to all, however space is limited and members who are current in their 2018 dues have first choice of the limited 20 spots for each hike:
  • Saturday, March 17th, 8:00 a.m.
  • Saturday, March  17th, 9:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 28th, 8:00 a.m.
Please RSVP to to reserve your spot.
If you need to renew your membership for 2018 you can do so by credit card at or by mailing a check ($25 for single, $35 for family) to Protectors of Tule Springs at 3024 Kookaburra, North Las Vegas, NV 89084.