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Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring pool (view N)

Description

Rogers Spring is a place to seek refuge from the desert heat while sitting beneath California Fan Palms or a covered picnic table, taking a dip in the warm water, having a picnic lunch, and watching a few birds and other wildlife. This isn't a birding destination; but it is one of several good places to stop and watch a few birds along the north side of Lake Mead. Most of the palms and some other trees were cut down by the Park Service in an effort to restore the area to a more natural condition, but the palms are growing back.

Rogers Spring

Water flows from a cave in the hillside into a 50-ft wide circular pool that is fairly shallow and mostly surrounded by Southern Cattails, Saltcedar, California Fan Palms, and shrubs. The water is held behind a low earthen dam, but it overflows the dam and runs down a shrub-, vine-, and palm-lined creek and out into the desert. Green riparian vegetation, including Canyon Grape, in this sparsely vegetated section of the Mojave Desert attracts desert species year-round and migrants during spring and fall.

Covered picnic tables and pit toilets are available, but there is no drinking water. Food, drinks, and a few other services, but not gasoline, are available at the nearby Echo Bay. If you swim in the pool, keep the water out of your nose because a pathogenic amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, may be present (as it is in most warm waters and backyard hot tubs around the USA).

Rogers Spring
The spring emerges from under these rocks

Location

Rogers Spring is located on the north side of Lake Mead near Echo Bay, about 1 hour east of Las Vegas.

From downtown, drive out Lake Mead Blvd to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. At the T-intersection with Northshore Road (Table 1, Site 653), turn left onto Northshore Road and drive east for about 45 minutes to Rogers Spring Road. Turn left onto Rogers Spring Road and drive towards the hills for the short distance to the end of the road. The parking area overlooks the picnic tables and the spring pool (Site 538).

Rogers Spring

Hours

Sunrise to sunset; this is a day-use area.

Fees

It costs $10 per vehicle to enter the Recreation Area (annual passes accepted); after that, there are no extra fees for using the spring area.

Rogers Spring
Trail below Rogers Spring (view N)

Specialties

This is a good place to check the trees and shrubs for desert residents and to look for migrants during spring and fall. Also watch for Spiny Softshell Turtles and Red-eared Slider Turtles. The softshells might be native, but the red-ears are not. This spring has also been polluted with tropical aquarium fish. Please don't put exotic species in desert spring pools, they damage the ecosystem and kill native species.

Keep an eye out for dragonflies such as Flame Skimmers and Pale-faced Clubskimmer too.

Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring (view W)
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Evening bird watching at Rogers Spring (view E)
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One of my favorite things: ...
Rogers Spring
... pedicure by fish!
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Calm, peaceful day at Rogers Spring (view S)
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Swimmer's Warning: keep Naegleria out of your nose!
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Northshore Road at Rogers Spring (view N)
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Rogers Spring access road and parking (view W)
Birding Around Rogers Spring
Spring pool is infested with tropical aquarium fish (convict cichlids)
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Native Spiny Softshell Turtle
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East edge of the spring pool and covered picnic table
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Steam rising from the water on a cold winter day
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Spring inflow
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Spring inflow
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Parking area (view E)
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Historic photo (January 2010; view S)
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Historic photo (March 2009; view N)
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Historic photo (March 2009; view S)
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Winter at Rogers Spring (view S)
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Winter at Rogers Spring (view E)

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
0538 Rogers Spring 36.3778 114.4425 729423 4028693 1,612 Yes
0653 Lake Mead Blvd at Northshore Road 36.1434 114.888 690025 4001715 1,390 Yes

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