Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary gives parents and children an urban retreat from the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Founded in 1970 by Bill Gilcrease, whose interest in the land the sanctuary in located on, dates back to the 1930s in his family's history. This non-profit organization provides a safe haven for animals of all types. Bill Gilcrease started his collection of animals with a mirage of exotic animals and gambel guails he originally housed in a chicken coop. Now a sprawling ranch where adults and children can enjoy an adventure of lifetime.
Located approximately a half of an hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip, in the northern part of the Las Vegas Valley. A wonderful and educational half day excursion for the entire family.
The animal sanctuary of the ranch is home to a multitude of wildlife and birds, from exotic birds to farm animals. All residents of the sanctuary receive excellent care and feeding.
The fee for Adults is $5, Seniors and Military fee is $4, and children 12 and younger are only $1. Operating hours are Monday through Sunday 9 a.m to 5 p.m.
Children of all ages, including toddlers, will have the time of their lives petting birds, cows, goats, miniature horses, donkies, llamas, turtles and lizards, just a few examples. Springtime visits to the sanctuary will give visitors the surprise experience of seeing a baby goat or a baby cow being born.
The Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary gives families the opportunity to wander along the walking trails, linger around the duck pond, or view the bright colors of the inhabitants of the koi pond. Families can also take advantage of enjoying lunch in the sanctuary's picnic area.
The Gilcrease Orchards are also located within the sanctuary. Parents and children can actually partake in the experience of picking their own fruit. The orchards contain many varieties of fruit trees including apples, pears and apricots, depending on the season. What fruits are ripe and picking times are available on their recorded phone line.
Unexpected and unforgettable, the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary gives visitors to the Las Vegas Valley a unique opportunity to see the other side of Las Vegas.
While in the area, families can travel a short distance on to the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. This 680 acre historical site is full of lush trees, emerald green grass and lakes fed by natural springs. Nevada's natural beauty can be seen in a visit to Mt. Charleston, just a short drive further on from the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary. Mt. Charleston offers some of the best skiing in Nevada during the winter months, but a cool refreshing break in the summer to the hot Las Vegas days nestled among Pinon Pines and flowing meadows filled with wildflowers.