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Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring
Trailhead to Rogers Spring

Description

Rogers Spring emerges into a deep, clear, 30-foot-diameter spring pool that is surrounded by mesquite, saltcedar, and ash trees, plus lots of shrubs, sedges, and forbs. Out from the edge of the spring, the vegetation quickly changes to mesquite thickets, and then dry desert saltbush. There is a strong outflow that runs west along a cattail-filled ditch, the noise of which makes it hard to hear the birds. Rogers spring is located in a broad ravine near the base of some low hills.

Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring

Location

Rogers Spring is located on the Ash Meadows National Wildlife, about 2 hours northwest of Las Vegas and about 4.1 air-miles north of the Visitor Center.

From Las Vegas, drive out to Ash Meadows Visitor Center (Table 1, Site 1588). From the Visitor Center, drive west on Spring Meadows Road for 0.3 miles to Longstreet Road. Angle right onto Longstreet Road and drive north (actually northwest here) on the well-graded road for about 4.6 miles to Rogers Spring (Site 1297), which is about 1.4 miles north of Longstreet Spring.

The Rogers Spring parking area is a wide spot on the west (left) side of the road (Site 591). Watch for a wide spot in the road with trees just before a hard turn to the left. There is a sign here, but you won't notice it before you stop. The spring is a few yards west of the parking area.

Rogers Spring
Shrubs and trees beyond the spring pool

Hours

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

Fees

None.

Rogers Spring
Outflow marsh below Rogers Spring (view W)

Specialties

Rogers Spring is a good place to see desert species when they come in for water. Check the trees and shrubs for finches, sparrows, warblers, quail, Mourning Doves, and similar species. Check the outflow marsh for Marsh Wrens, blackbirds, and swallows. This is a good place to see dragonflies and endemic plants too.

Rogers Spring is also good for finding migrant 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 refuge bird list for some ideas on what to expect during the time of year when you will be visiting.

Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring
Inflow
Rogers Spring
Surveying dragonflies with USFWS permits
Rogers Spring
Surveying dragonflies with USFWS permits
Rogers Spring Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring
Marsh habitat beyond the Fairbanks gate (view NE)
Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring during winter
Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring during winter
Rogers Spring
Rogers Spring during winter
Rogers Spring
Start of trail (closed road) from Rogers Spring to Fairbanks Spring
Rogers Spring
Information sign at Rogers Spring parking
Rogers Spring
Springloving Centaury (Centaurium namophilum)
Rogers Spring
The circle is closed: predator grows up to become prey
Rogers Spring
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)
Rogers Spring
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeiana), tadpole
Rogers Spring
In the old days (2002), they didn't need a fancy gate
Rogers Spring
Road approaching Rogers Spring (in trees ahead on left)
Rogers Spring
Outflow marsh (view W)
Rogers Spring
Ash Meadows Gumweed (Grindelia fraxinopratensis)

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
0591 Rogers Spring 36.4792 116.3253 560444 4037112 2,301 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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