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Birding Around King's Pool and Point of Rocks
Birding Around Las Vegas, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Point of Rocks
King's Pool and Point of Rocks
Point of Rocks Picnic Area (view east)

Description

There are several small springs and thickets in the King's Pool and Point of Rocks area linked together with a nice boardwalk. There is one spring pool (King's Pool), but the other springs flow from the hillside and run directly into streams. There used to be a man-made pond here, but refuge personnel filled it in, sculpted the outflow streams, and revegetated the area with mesquite trees to make it similar to pre-development conditions. The area has grown into a nice mesquite thicket, and the boardwalk provides easy access.

A picnic area with tables, trash cans, restrooms, and even recycling make this a desirable destination.

King's Pool and Point of Rocks
King's Pool Boardwalk (view southeast)

Location

King's Pool and Point of Rocks is located on the Ash Meadows National Wildlife, about 2 hours northwest of Las Vegas and about 3.4 air-miles east of the Visitor Center.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Ash Meadows Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 1588). From the Visitor Center, drive east on Spring Meadows Road for about 2.3 miles to a T-intersection with Ash Meadows Road. Turn right onto Ash Meadows Road and drive south for 0.5 miles to a T-intersection with Point of Rocks Road. Turn left onto the well-graded Point of Rocks Road and drive east for about 1.5 miles to a large parking area at the end of the road.

King's Pool and Point of Rocks
King's Pool with boardwalk and bench (view east)

The trail to the springs runs out behind the picnic area. From the parking lot, walk through the picnic area heading east. The boardwalk runs east to the springs area.

Point of Rocks
King's Pool (view north)

Hours

The refuge is day-use only: open sunrise to sunset.

Fees

None.

King's Pool and Point of Rocks
King's Pool (view north)

Specialties

King's Pool and Point of Rocks is a good place to see desert species when they come in for water. Check the trees and shrubs for flycatchers, House Finches, White-crowned Sparrows, Chipping sparrows, Yellow-rumped Warblers and other warblers, Chukar, Gambel's Quail, Mourning Doves, Crissal Thrashers, and similar species. Watch the marshy areas for and Marsh Wrens.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Point of Rocks
Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish in the Kings Pool.

This area is also good for finding migrants, but the species mix depends on the season, and during migration it depends on just who is moving through at the time. Review the refuge bird list for some ideas on what to expect during the time of year when you will be visiting.

Be sure to look for the rare Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish in the spring pool and outflow streams.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Point of Rocks
BEFORE (Sep 2002): This area was a pond, but it was fill to restore the habitat to a more natural condition (view SW)
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Point of Rocks
AFTER (Nov 2007): Trees growing along steam channel as the landscape returns to a more natural condition (view SW)
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Point of Rocks
Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish in stream (arrows point to fish)
King's Pool and Point of Rocks
Birder's Walk section of the boardwalk beyond King's Pool
Point of Rocks
Parking area
Point of Rocks
Front of information sign
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Trail map on information sign
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Back of information sign
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Back of information sign
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Information sign and covered picnic area
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Fancy bridge over outflow creek
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Outflow creek (watch for fish)
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Outflow creek (watch for fish)
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Outflow creek (watch for fish)
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Sign post decorated with pupfish near King's Pool
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Boardwalk at King's Pool
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King's Pool
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Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish
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Sign about bird life along the trail
Point of Rocks
Someone wasn't paying attention!
Point of Rocks
Boardwalk
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Boardwalk
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Boardwalk
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Sign post decorated with an Ash Meadows Naucorid beetle
Point of Rocks
Information sign about Ash Meadows Naucorid Beetles
Point of Rocks
Ash Meadows Naucorid Beetle habitat (vegetated stream)
Point of Rocks
Deep grinding holes in limestone: evidence of long human use
Point of Rocks
Deep grinding holes (metate) in limestone
Point of Rocks
Stonehenge at Ash Meadows? (amphitheater under construction)
Point of Rocks
Finished amphitheater
Point of Rocks
Telescope at amphitheater
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Grand views from amphitheater
King's Pool and Point of Rocks
Kings Pool during winter
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Boardwalk along Naucorid Beetle habitat and grinding holes
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Ash Meadows Amargosa Pupfish
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Blue-ringed Dancer (Argia sedula), female
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Comanche Skimmer (Libellula comanche)
Point of Rocks
Variegated Meadowhawk (Sympetrum corruptum)
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Restrooms at picnic area
more to come ...

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
0703 Point of Rocks Parking 36.40171 116.27515 564999 4028548 2,308 Yes
1588 Ash Meadows Visitor Center 36.42323 116.32703 560329 4030901 2,188 Yes

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