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Birding Around Mount Charleston
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Birding Around Mount Charleston

Around Las Vegas, Mount Charleston (more properly referred to as the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area) is the place to find species typical of the western mountains.

The Spring Mountains form the western border of the Las Vegas Valley (map). From the desert at elevations below 3,000 ft to the crest of the range at nearly 12,000 ft, the Spring Mountains support a variety of climate and vegetation zones, each with a characteristic flora and fauna.

Most local birders skip the lower elevations and head straight for the alpine forests, which for desert rats are a wonderful habitat: a place to seek refuge from the summer heat and share a few moments with mountain birds and other wildlife.

For More Information and details, including driving directions and information on the vegetation and wildlife, visit to the Spring Mountains Area Overview Page.

Birding Mount Charleston Map

Kyle Canyon. A deep canyon surrounded by towering cliffs and mixed pine-fir forests at an elevation of 8,000 feet. Trails, roadside pullouts, and residential areas with bird feeders provide birding opportunities.

Fletcher Spring. Hike 1.4-miles up Fletcher Canyon to a spring that attracts birds from miles around and concentrates them at the water. The trail runs through mixed forests at elevation of 7,000 to 7,500 ft.

Stanley B Springs. Hike 1.2-miles to a spring that attracts birds from miles around and concentrates them at the water. The trail runs through different forest types at elevations of 7,000 to 7,800 ft.

Lee Canyon. Canyon surrounded by towering peaks and mixed pine-fir-bristlecone forests at an elevation of 8,700 feet. Trails, roadside pullouts, and a big meadow provide opportunities to find montane species.

Deer Creek Picnic Area. A short walk leads to an ephemeral pond. When dry, walk into the picnic area to the stream. Again, water concentrates the birds.

Cold Creek. Ponds and springs in this high-elevation Mojave Desert scrub habitat provide some of the only trees and water around for birds. Another spring at the interface of montane and Mojave Desert scrub provides a good mix of habitats.

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