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Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond

Description

Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park is a typical urban park with ball fields, picnic areas, a splash park, a fenced dog area, restrooms, and other urban park amenities. Here, however, the city leaders also included two fishing ponds and desert trails.

The ponds provide habitat primarily for waterfowl, but other water and wetlands species show up, and the desert trails wander among habitat preferred by roadrunners, desert sparrows, round-tailed ground squirrels, and desert iguanas.

This park is a nice place to stop for a few minutes during winter and look for unusual duck species, or if you have kids, a place to feed the birds. Fishing is permitted in the stocked upper pond.

Link to a map or google maps.

Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Upper Pond (lots of ducks at far end)

Location

Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park is located southeast of Las Vegas in Boulder City. The easiest way to get there from downtown Las Vegas is to drive south on Highway 93 to Boulder City. At the first stoplight on the west edge of town (Site 1427), turn right onto Veterans Memorial Drive. Drive south and east, past the airport, to the south entrance to the park (Site 1428). Turn left into the park and drive north, staying left, to the ponds, which are at the north end of the park.

Alternatively, from Highway 93, drive into downtown Boulder City. When Highway 93 turns left at a stoplight (Site 0802), turn right onto Buchanan Blvd. Drive south to the east entrance to the park (Site 1429), on the right. Inside the park, stay to the right to the ponds.

Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Desert trails area

Hours

Open during daylight hours.

Fees

None.

Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Mixed waterbirds

Specialties

During winter, the ponds are a good place to view and compare a variety of duck species including Redhead, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, and American Wigeon. People bring bread to feed the birds, and the wild ducks become habituated to humans and can be viewed close-up.

The ponds can also be good for viewing Pied-billed Grebes, Double-crested Cormorants, American Coots, and gulls at close range. Bird species such as Brewer's Blackbirds, Red-winged, Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Great-trailed Grackle, House Sparrows, Eurasian Collared Dove, and Rock Pigeon can be expected. Be sure to notice the red-eared slider turtles. In the desert areas, watch for Greater Roadrunner, Black-throated Sparrows, and Common Raven.

Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Upper Pond (view W)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Upper Pond (view E)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Mixed ducks in the upper pond (view N)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Mixed ducks in the upper pond (view N)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Ring-necked Duck male
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Ring-necked Duck male
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Upper Pond (view E)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond (view E)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond (view E)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Feeding ducks in the lower pond (view E)
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Lower Pond
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Stream between ponds
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Double-crested Cormorants courting
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Common Goldeneyes and Ring-necked Ducks
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Ring-necked Ducks and Bufflehead
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Spotted Sandpiper on lake edge
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Spotted Sandpiper feeding at stream inflow
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Desert Iguana
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Desert Iguana
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Greater Roadrunner hunting lizards
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Greater Roadrunner resting in the shade
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Brewer's and Red-winged blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds
Boulder City Veterans Memorial Park
Brown-headed Cowbird female

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

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
0802 Hwy 93 at Buchanan Rd 694284 3983031 35.97418 114.84526 2,460 Yes
1427 Hwy 93 at Veterans Memorial Dr 692298 3982273 35.96774 114.86745 2,415 GPS
1428 Veterans Memorial Dr at Vets Park Rd 694273 3980075 35.94755 114.84611 2,182 GPS
1429 Buchanan Rd at Vets Park Rd 694390 3980574 35.95202 114.84468 2,234 GPS

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