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Birding Around Cactus Springs
Cactus Springs
Cactus Spring area (view south from Highway 95).

Description

Cactus Springs is a collection of small water holes, a few cottonwood trees, honey mesquite thickets, and other shrubs, all of which is set in a vast expanse of flat, lower-elevation Mojave Desert scrub. There are at least two springs (with pools, but no running water), and during wet years, perhaps more.

The area is not pristine, as it has been heavily used by humans for years. The springs are on public property, but they are adjacent to Highway 95, next to a small housing area and some failed commercial developments, and next to the Temple of Sekhmet (a fertility shrine, which adds an interesting flavor to the area). The BLM currently is restoring the site, so it will be fun to watch the native vegetation as it grows back and provides more habitat for birds and other wildlife.

Cactus Springs
Cactus Spring area (view southeast from the parking area looking through the gate.

Location

Cactus Springs is located along Highway 95, about 60 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

To get there from Las Vegas, drive north on Highway 95 for most of 1 hour to the town of Indian Springs. Continue northwest through Indian Springs, paying attention to the 35 mph speed limit. Continue northwest for a couple of miles to a grove of cottonwood trees on the left side of the road. The springs are located beneath the southeast-most cottonwood trees. Turn left at the first place to turn into Cactus Spring. Follow the signs towards the Temple, but stop in the parking area by the first trees on the left (Table 1, Site 576). There is a gate where you can get through the fence and into the springs area.

Cactus Springs
The main spring pool is beneath this old cottonwood tree (view south).

Hours

Always open (but should be considered day-use).

Fees

None.

Cactus Springs
Cactus Spring (view north).

Specialties

This is a good area to see Phainopepla, Mourning Doves, Common Ravens, House Finches, and other desert species as they come in for water. During migration, the trees and water attract migrants, including warblers and accipiters, and an occasional Red-shouldered Hawk.

Next to Creech Air Force Base, this is also a good place to watch drone aircraft and other advanced military aircraft like stealth bombers and the Thunderbird Air Force aerial demonstration team.

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Temple of Sekhmet
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Temple of Sekhmet: "For the good of all, and the harm of none"
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Temple of Sekhmet, main building

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
576 Cactus Springs 36.5773 115.7226 614285 4048539 3,237 Yes

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