What to do in Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

For hundreds, or even thousands of years, the site of the Old Fort served as a seasonal camp for various groups of Native Americans attracted by the water and meadows in the middle of the desert valley. The first permanent nonnative settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. Thirty men had been selected by Brigham Young to establish the Las Vegas Mission and build a way station on the trail between the settlements of southern Utah and San Bernardino, California, where the Mormons had established a settlement in 1851. They successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which serves as a visitor center with interpretive displays.

The main focus of this state park is historical study. This is evident by the park's development as an interpretative site. Future developments will include the reconstruction of some of the fort walls and ranch-era buildings as well as constructing a full-scale visitor center.

Recreation
The primary activity available at this site is viewing the historic fort and visitor center.

The main focus of this state park is historical study. This is evident by the park's development as an interpretative site. Future developments will include the reconstruction of some of the fort walls and ranch-era buildings as well as constructing a full-scale visitor center.

Location
The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The park is open all year.

Climate
Typical low desert conditions, winters are mild with temperatures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees. Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees and may reach 120 degrees.

Address
500 E Washington Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Phone: 702-486-3511

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