Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Blue Diamond

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#11 of 34 in Nature in Nevada
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a public recreation area preserving the historic Sandstone Ranch northwest of Blue Diamond, Nevada. The state park is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada's Cottonwood Valley.Early ranch historyIn the mid-1830s, a campsite was established along the wash that runs through the ranch. The spring-fed creek and grassy meadows formed an oasis for travelers using the alternate route of the Spanish Trail through Cottonwood Valley. The use of the site by pack and wagon trains continued until their replacement by the railroad in 1905. This remote trail was also used extensively by outlaws involved in Indian slave trading, horse stealing and raids upon passing caravans. In 1840, a group of American mountain men and Ute Indians conducted a famous raid on the Mexican Ranchos in California. Mountain Man Bill Williams, a member of the raiding party, brought his band of horses through Red Rock Canyon where he rested the horses from the hard trip across the desert. Apparently he revisited the area several times and for many years afterwards the site of Spring Mountain Ranch was known as the "Old Bill Williams Ranch".Sandstone RanchSand Stone Ranch, as it was first known, was formed in 1876 by Sergeant James B. Wilson and George Anderson. The ranch under this name was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places on April 3, 1976.
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  • Absolutely stunning corner of the world. Had lunch here and a great hike near the mountains. Can't get over the views here.  more »
  • We went for the water, but the pond was drained. They did not mention this at the entrance where we paid. We made do with the hiking trail, but so much was off limits that we felt restricted in where ...  more »
  • Grab a picnic and head out to Spring Mountain State Ranch. It’s a worthwhile outing from a hot Las Vegas. Sheltered past the Red Rock Canyon National Park, this State Park (like many of Nevada’s State...  more »
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  • It was so fun. Such a beautiful place. This is somewhere I like to come and enjoy with my family. The only thing that bothered me was the lady who collected my fee to enter the park when it was free fee day.
  • Nice park. Attended the outdoor play. Was quite a distance to walk if you're disabled, but it was nice and had restrooms
  • Such a beautiful, historic place within a short drive from Las Vegas. Absolutely gorgeous scenery and the events held there are top notch.
  • Beautiful views of the mountains.. went to watch a musical out there
  • Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is an historic park with historical events, hiking, night hikes, free yoga, etc. Check their website to find events you would love for you and your family. These pics from Joshua Tree Night Hike! Educational and fun hike. Loved it all!

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