Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is your new backyard

The state park’s picnic meadow offers its version of the Slip ‘N Slide.
Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

The scene is familiar to anyone who grew up with a Slip ’N Slide: children leaping onto a slippery plastic runway like baserunners diving for home plate and careening across the yard. But who in Las Vegas has a lawn anymore?

Spring Mountain Ranch does. In addition to tapping into its many springs and turning on its sprinklers for hot families this summer, the state park’s picnic meadow offers its own version of the childhood summertime staple, slicked by user-donated bottles of baby shampoo to further propel kids and brave parents. (The July 19 tarp only measured 25 feet, but a supervising ranger said the July 25 edition would feature a 50- or 100-foot replacement.) The weekly Water on the Meadow event, which alternates between Saturday and Sunday through August 30, also features a water-conservation presentation by the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

The ranch has a lot going on July 25, as it will also host two recurring yoga classes (note: bring your mat), an event featuring safety/emergency cars and trucks and an interactive Civil War event that includes weapons, uniforms and reenactments of the era. All events are free, though Nevada residents pay $7 per vehicle for park entrance. For more info, visit

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