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Birding Around Travertine Springs
Birding Around Las Vegas, Death Valley National Park
Birding Around Travertine Springs
Travertine Springs
Park and walk carefully (view northwest)

Description

With few exceptions, the overwhelming impression one gets of the floor of Death Valley is that this land is extremely hot and dry and unencumbered by the burden of dirt and vegetation. To most birds, the entire area probably looks barren. Travertine Springs is a riparian area with palm trees, mesquite, and other vegetation that stands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert.

The Travertine Springs are located on a hillside, but the water flows down into the bottom of Furnace Creek Canyon, crossing Highway 190 along the way. Most of the palms and other vegetation are located above the road, but the roadside provides a good, elevated platform for looking down into Furnace Creek wash where birds are attracted to the water and shrubby vegetation.

Travertine Springs
Palms and mesquite at the lower end of the riparian area along the road (view northeast).

Highway 190 runs up the canyon and parking is along the edge of the road, so be careful, pull all the way off the pavement, and watch for cars on the road.

Location

Travertine Springs is located in the central portion of Death Valley National Park, about 2.5 miles east of Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

From Las Vegas, drive northwest for about 2.5 hours to the Furnace Creek Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 712) in Death Valley National Park. From the Visitor Center, drive south on Highway 190 for about 1 mile to Furnace Creek Inn. Continue east on Highway 190, towards Death Valley Junction, for another 1.5 miles to Travertine Springs (Site 348). Park off the pavement along the road.

Death Valley National Park, Travertine Springs
Vegetation in Furnace Creek (view east).

Hours

The park is always open, but Travertine Springs should be considered day-use only.

Fees

After getting into the park, there are no additional entrance fees.

Death Valley National Park, Travertine Springs
Enjoy the birding, but keep an eye on the traffic! (view west)

Specialties

Travertine Springs is good for finding migrants and desert species, but the species mix depends on the season, and during migration it depends on just who is moving through at the time. Review the park bird list for some ideas on what to expect during the time of year when you will be visiting. You should expect to see flycatchers and sparrows.

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Table 1. GPS Coordinates for Highway Locations (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site # Location Latitude (°N) Longitude (°W) UTM Easting UTM Northing Elevation (feet) Verified
348 Death Valley, Travertine Springs 36.4413 116.8331 514957 4032702 399 Yes
712 Death Valley Visitor Center 36.4616 116.8657 512030 4034954 -186 Yes

Happy birding! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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