Birding in Southern Nevada
When birding in Southern Nevada you have some great options. Please click on the index links below or scroll down to find some great places to bird in and around Las Vegas, Henderson and outlying areas.
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Spring Mt. National Recreation Area
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs
Red Rock Canyon
Birding Spot Descriptions
Clark County encompasses a wide variety of habitats, from low desert at Lake Mead to true Alpine areas in the Spring Mountains. More than 350 species of birds have been observed in Clark County. Listed below are just a few of our favorite places to bird, view wildlife, and to appreciate nature around Las Vegas and the surrounding southern Nevada region.
- Also visit Nevada Birds at the Audubon Listserve. The Nevada Birds email listserve is an easy way to follow what other birders are seeing throughout the state and an excellent planning resource for out-of-area visitors. Recent posts to the listserve can be read on our website!
- Be sure to read our News Page for Field Trip Reports from many of the locations listed below.
- Nevada State Bird Checklist from U.S. Geological Survey
- Nevada State Bird Checklist from Nevada Bird Records Committee at Great Basin Bird Observatory
- Check out Jim Boone’s Bird & Hike website for the “Birding Around Las Vegas” pages. This is an extraordinary source of information!
Desert National Wildlife Refuge and Corn Creek Springs Field Station
A three (3) mile gravel road from US 95 to the kiosk. Level dirt paths loop around the three (3) spring fed ponds. Plenty of shade, plenty plenty of birds. Easy walking, about 1 mile. Elevation 3,500 feet. Information Center with Gift Shop open weekends during Fall and Winter. Restrooms. NO vending facilities, bring lots of water year-round.
Birds: Crissal and Le Conte’s Thrasher, Phainopepla, Western Kingbird, Warbler, Sparrow, Sapsucker, Woodpecker, Flicker, Kinglet, Roadrunner, Raptors, and more!
Spring Mt. National Recreation Area – including Mt. Charleston, Kyle Canyon, and Lee Canyon
Elevation from the desert floor to over eight thousand feet. Restrooms at Information Center on Kyle Canyon Rd and Sawmill Picnic area on Lee Canyon Rd. NO GAS ON THE MOUNTAIN, MAKE SURE YOUR GAS TANK IS FULL. Easily 10-20 degrees cooler than the valley, dress accordingly.
Birds: Green-tailed Towhee, Clark’s Nutcracker, Steller’s Jay, Rufous, Broad-tailed, and Anna’s Hummingbird, Western Bluebird, Vireo, Warbler, Finch, Sparrow, Grosbeak, Nuthatch, and more!
The preserve sits on approximately 140 acres, with nine ponds available for birding and is home to hundreds of migratory waterfowl and several species of resident desert birds. Paved path is approximately 3/4 of a mile long and wheelchair accessible. Soft surface paths are level and allow for easy walking, very little shade. Lots of walking and very little shade, benches available for sitting. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable, sturdy shoes. An adult must accompany children under age 14. Binoculars available for loan if you don’t have your own. Morning is the best time to visit. Restrooms and drinking water available. If you have difficulty walking, call ahead of time to inquire about the availability of the golf cart.
Birds: American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Verdin, Gambel’s Quail, and Abert’s Towhee, Ducks, Grebe, Coot, Warbler, Sparrow, Blackbird, Sandpiper, Gull, Raptors, and more!
Walking over dirt and grass, in and out of cars. Parking lot, restrooms, and path around lake. Wheelchair accessible. Bird picnic areas on either side of the man-made lake, near the admin building lawn, and (from your car) around the SE back of the park near maintenance area .
Birds: Ross’s Goose, Duck, Cormorant, Gambel’s Quail, Abert’s Towhee, and Crissal Thrasher, Hawk, Warbler, Woodpecker.
Lots of walking, dirt trails, 4 small lakes, and restrooms. Plenty of trees, bushes, and picnic areas. Our most popular field trip takes place here. There is a park entry fee, and park gets very busy on weekends.
Birds: Lewis Woodpecker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Anna’s Hummingbird, Hawks, and Lesser Goldfinch.
Red Springs: Wheelchair ramp (steep), nice ½ mile boardwalk, restrooms, covered picnic area, elevation 3500 feet, very little shade while on boardwalk in meadow.
Birds: Rock Wren, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Phainopepla, Chukar, Warblers, Quail, and Spotted Towhee.
Red Rock Canyon NRA: Visitor Center has wheelchair access and restrooms. Elevation to 4,400 feet, some walking.
Birds: Cactus and Canyon Wren, Western Scrub Jay.
Lots of walking over dirt trails and steps, no shade on walk to the pond. Parking lot, picnic area and restrooms has wheelchair access, elevation about 3,500 feet.
Birds: Cooper’s Hawk, Western Tanager, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Sage & Black-throated Sparrow.
Dirt paths for easy walking, lots of in and out of cars. Toilets. MAKE SURE YOUR GAS TANK IS FULL.
Birds: Clark’s and Western Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Red-shoulder Hawk, Bewick’s Wren, and Lazuli Bunting.
NW of Las Vegas and Pahrump, about 90 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas. High density of warblers and breeding habitat for the Southwest Willow Flycatcher. Opportunities for observing the endangered Ash Meadows pupfish exist at all springs, but are best at Point of Rocks.
Walk or hike through four uniquely-themed trails that encompass more than 1.8 miles of picturesque landscapes leading to a cienega, an important feature of this National Historic Site. The walking trails border the cienega which serves as a tranquil home for hundreds of native plant, bird and animal species.
The Wetlands Park Nature Preserve is located off of East Tropicana and Wetlands Park Lane. The Nature Preserve features two miles of concrete walking trails, graveled secondary trails, a bird viewing blind, ponds, trail markers, and aesthetic views of the nearby alluvial fan and mountains of Rainbow Gardens. Additionally, primary trails are ADA accessible. (Also see the Las Vegas Wash)
In April of 2016, RRAS started the rehabilitation work on this 20 acres of Discovery Park. Since then RRAS has purchased 42 trees and irrigation supplies for these trees. Volunteers from RRAS, Master Gardeners and local citizens help plant these trees and installed a temporary irrigation system. RRAS has ordered 50 more trees for the project to be planted in the spring of 2017. This is the beginning of even more rehabilitation projects on Discovery Park. Come and see the many varied species of birds attracted to rehabilitated property.
Nature Discovery Park in Aliante has quickly become one of the most popular parks in North Las Vegas. The site features a large man-made lake “divided” into three sections, waterfalls, sidewalk pathway, two bridges over water, large grassy areas, and clean restrooms. Several un-shaded benches for sitting at the water’s edge, some covered picnic areas, and shade trees. This is a family park and gets very busy, security guards stroll around. The lake attracts all sorts of wildlife visitors year-round; its size and position allows just enough space between kids and water that the waterfowl don’t spook too easily. Excellent for photography.
Birds: City birds, Duck, Geese, Great Blue Heron, Cormorant.