The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is easy to miss, but well worth a visit if you are a nature enthusiast. It is somewhat hidden behind a water reclamation center and a few industrial freight yards off of Galleria Drive just past Boulder Highway.
The preserve has nine lakes with trails winding their way around them. There is an elevated viewing platform that offers a great vantage point for spying on wildlife or just taking in the spectacular scenery. You are sure to find great views of Sunrise Mountain from just about anywhere in the park.
The staff is very helpful and exceptionally welcoming to everyone, especially first time visitors. They are more than happy to give you the rundown of the park and where the best spots are to find birds. Just be sure to sign in at the visitor center before entering the park. There is no charge to enter the preserve.
Spring and fall are the optimal seasons for bird watching; however, the preserve is open year round and is always a wonderful place to take a peaceful stroll around the ponds. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed so as not to frighten away the birds and running/jogging is also prohibited. This is a great place to take children. Most of the trails are paved, and the dirt on the unpaved areas is very firm and easy for strollers or wheelchairs to traverse.
The preserve is located at: 350 East Galleria dr., Henderson, NV 89011
Their current hours at the time of writing are:
March, April, May 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
June, July, Aug. 6:00 a.m. – noon
Sept., Oct., Nov. 6:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dec., Jan., Feb. 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing.)
Go to the official website for more info.
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