Ice Age Park Story

. . . and how it came about

The 1962 “Big Dig”, documented by National Geographic put Tule Springs in the spotlight as the first U.S. test area of the then new technology of radiocarbon dating.  The significant four month study cataloged thousands of Ice Age mammal fossils including Columbian Mammoth, Ground Sloth, American Lion, Camelops, Bison and ancient species of Horse.

In 1962-63 scientific studies by the National Science Foundation, private donations, and numerous scientists, established a world class fossil site on the 315 acres of State Land.

Recorded on the National Historic Registry in April 1979 “Tule Springs Dig Site” of 1000 acres, is part of the Upper Las Vegas Wash.   Included in these acres was the 315 acres of State Land which will become the future Ice Age Park.

In National Geographic Magazine the December 2000 issue “Peopling of the Americas” established Tule Springs as a World Class Fossil Site.  As an awaking of this publication the Friends of Tule Springs put together a 40 year reunion of all the scientists involved in the original “Big Dig”.

In 2007 the State of Nevada designated the 315 acres of State Land to become an Ice Age Park, and appropriated $15,000 toward that effort. 

National Geographic Website