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Willow Springs Picnic Area
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Willow Springs Picnic Area

Overview

Willow Springs Picnic Area, tucked between sandstone cliffs in Red Rock Canyon, has 28 picnic tables, trash cans, and two toilets, but no drinking water. On arrival, the first tables along Willow Springs Road are in the full sun (good for winter use), and the farther tables are shaded by tall cottonwood trees (good for summer use).

The spring, located adjacent to the north-most tables, provides habitat for rare spring snails and red-spotted toads, plus water for gray fox, bighorn sheep, bats, many bird species, and other desert creatures.

From the picnic area, hikers can access several trails, including the Willow Springs Loop Trail that runs down one side of the canyon and back up the other providing grand scenic overlooks and interesting archaeological sites. The Petroglyph Wall Trail runs just across the canyon to a wall of rock art.

Willow Springs Picnic Area is located inside the Red Rock Canyon fee area, about half-way around the Scenic Loop Road.

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Willow Spring Picnic Area
Spring Snail in Willow Spring
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Red-spotted Toads in Willow Spring
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Western Scrub-Jay
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White-tailed Antelope Squirrel at Willow Spring
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House Finch pair at Willow Spring
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Damselfly (Vivid Dancer, Argia vivida) pair at Willow Spring
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Spotted Towhee at Willow Spring
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Rock Squirrel at Willow Spring
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Valley Pocket Gopher at Willow Spring
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Four Desert Bighorn Sheep at Willow Spring
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Antelope Horns Milkweed (Asclepias asperula)
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Colorado Four O'clock (Mirabilis multiflora)

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