North Las Vegas is one of three cities in the Las Vegas Valley, along with Henderson and, of course, Las Vegas itself. North Las Vegas is the smallest, with a population of 250,000, while Henderson weighs in over 300,000 and Las Vegas almost 650,000. However, North Las Vegas has grown by an impressive 20% in a single decade, from 2010 to 2020.
North Las Vegas encompasses many different types of neighborhoods, and some of the most desirable locations in the entire Valley are in this city. Part of the rapid growth is fueled by NDOT’s Project NEON highway expansion, widening I-15 through the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas.
For commuters, this freeway project has been a tremendous boon, as travel time to downtown and The Strip has been sped up considerably. This stretch of highway, the busiest in the state of Nevada, sees 300,000 cars pass through a day — a whopping one-tenth of the state’s population. But the new freeway system is designed to support future growth, making it easy to commute around the Las Vegas Valley from the North Las Vegas area.
Access from North Las Vegas to Highway 95 and the 215 Beltway is also currently being improved through construction, while commute times to the Air Force stations at Creech or Nellis are already conveniently short. North Las Vegas also has easy access to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the large racetrack facility that hosts NASCAR, drag racing, fan racing experiences, special events and tours.
North Las Vegas Recreation
If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, North Las Vegas boasts an extensive roster of options. The City of North Las Vegas has planned a 70-mile trail network as part of the 2011 Comprehensive Trails and Bikeways Master Plan.
The city’s current trail development has been funded by the Bureau of Land Management through the sale of public lands. As a result,15 miles of multi-use trails have been built along the Upper and Lower Las Vegas Wash, known as the Las Vegas Wash Regional Trail System. Mainly located off-street, the 10-foot wide asphalt path system can accommodate joggers, walkers, bicycles, skateboards, strollers, wheelchairs and more.
Trail amenities include lighting, landscaping, drinking fountains, benches, shaded rest areas and picnic areas, as well as trash cans and doggie stations. An additional 24 miles of multi-use trails in Aliante consist of concrete pathways with landscaping on both sides.
Horseback-riding options abound in this area as well, including Cloud Nine Ranch, Horses4Heroes, Cottonwood Farm, Talisman Farm, B Bar J Equestrian Training Centre, S & F Ranch and Kyle Canyon Ranch.
North Las Vegas Parks
North Las Vegas is home to more than 30 community parks and golf courses, including the 147-acre Sandstone Ridge Park, 133-acre Craig Ranch Regional Park, 80-acre Willie McCool Regional Park, 38-acre Cheyenne Sports Complex, and 20-acre Nature Discovery Park.
Sandstone Ridge Park includes lighted baseball diamond and soccer fields, basketball courts and skate park while Cheyenne Sports Complex has four lighted baseball diamonds, two lighted soccer fields and lighted track. Willie McCool Regional Park features a Miniature Aircraft flying field, while the Nature Discovery Park boasts a man-made lake, waterfall, water park and dinosaur-themed children’s play and dig area.
Just a short drive away you’ll find Floyd Lamb Park, a massive 2,040-acre park focused around the small natural lakes of Tule Springs, part of a true oasis in the Mojave Desert. Here you can enjoy lush vegetation, lakes, plenty of wildlife, and impressive views of the Sheep and Spring Mountain Ranges. At the heart of the park is the historic Tule Springs Ranch, a recreation of a traditional early Las Vegas working ranch.
Floyd Lamb Park amenities and programs include a self-guided tour, party facilities, picnic areas, historic attractions, walking paths, mountain bike trails and a BMX bike track. With a Nevada Department of Wildlife license, you can even go fishing.
Also nearby is the 120-acre Centennial Hills Park, chock full of playgrounds, picnic areas, volleyball, soccer, dog runs, walking trails and more. And don’t forget the 5-star Clark County Shooting Complex, the country’s largest shooting facility at 2,900 acres.
The majestic Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort is just 20 minutes away, featuring three distinctive course layouts designed by World Golf Hall of Fame Inductee and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, Pete Dye. The trio of courses includes Snow Mountain, Sun Mountain and WOLF, each infused with Dye’s unique signature elements like dramatic slope changes and railroad tie bunkers.
A straight shot to the west is the regal snow-capped Mount Charleston, the crown jewel of the Spring Mountains National Recreational Area. Featuring over 60 miles of well-maintained winding trails, four campgrounds and seven picnic areas, Mount Charleston offers hiking, camping and more. Most of the trails are over 6,000 ft in elevation and culminate at the 11,916 ft Charleston Peak. You can also enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tubing at the adjacent Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort.
North Las Vegas is one of the most amenity-rich areas in the Las Vegas Valley, with easy access to world-class attractions, and some of the most desirable real estate options around. It definitely deserves a second look in your next hunt for your dream home.