Springs Preserve, Las Vegas
For a serene escape from Las Vegas’ non-stop action, groups can look to the Springs
Preserve, which can host meetings, events
and group tours. Just a few miles from the
Strip and downtown Las Vegas, the property consists of 180 acres of green buildings,
museums, galleries, botanical gardens,
playgrounds, traveling science and nature
exhibits, live animal exhibits and shows,
and walking trails.
“The Springs Preserve is a great place
to explore the natural side of Las Vegas
and how water gives life to the desert,”
explained Pietra Sardelli, group sales
supervisor. “The Springs Preserve gives
attendees an experience of connecting with
the desert environment.”
The venue can work with both small
groups and large conferences on group
tickets or guided tours as well as team-
building activities. The amphitheater can
hold 1,800 people or 20 exhibitor tents.
“One of our favorite ways to really highlight the diversity of the site is to provide
large groups (700-plus) a dine-around
experience where different menu items are
offered in several different venues throughout the Springs Preserve,” Sardelli said.
Moorten Botanical Garden and
Cactarium, Palm Springs, Calif.
The Moorten Botanical Garden and Cactarium is a true oasis in Palm Springs, with
3,000 types of cacti and other desert plants
in an intimate setting.
It’s a favorite hidden treasure of the
destination, established in the 1930s by
biologist Patricia and contortionist “Cactus
Slim” Moorten. Nowadays, it’s still a fam-ily-owned establishment that welcomes
visitors and groups to explore its interesting
flora, as well as Native American artifacts
and rock, crystal and wood forms.
Tours are given from late fall to mid-spring, and the secluded garden is available for private events of up to 100 people.
Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum,
The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum includes a botanical garden, zoo, art gallery,
aquarium and natural history museum,
with 85 percent of the exhibits and experiences outdoors. It was founded in 1952,
and today, the 98-acre museum includes
two miles of walking paths through differ-
The desert might be known for its dry climate, but garden-like venues
rich with native flora and
fauna thrive in regions
throughout the West.
Following are five spots
that give groups a chance
to immerse themselves in
the bounty of the desert.
SPRINGS PRESERVE, LAS VEGAS
Five flora-rich venues in the West are desert oases for groups
BY KATE CRIPE