Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
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The Birdsong Loop Trail is one of several marked trails at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. The loop is about 0.6 mile and the only of the primary trails on an uneven hardpacked dirt track. The course traces a portion of the refuge's wetlands area, giving rise to a thick coverage of trees and brush, making this one of the best areas in the refuge to try to catch sight of one of the area's 320 bird species.

Natural springs bubble up from the ground, forming a desert oasis here. The path is easy, and varies from hard dirt to a few short portions of soft sand. Once leaving the wetlands, views across the southern Nevada desert open up, though these areas are also shadeless and subject to the area's intense sun and heat. The Birdsong Loop is the farthest trail from the refuge visitor center and requires that hikers cross portions of the Jackrabbit Loop, Bighorn Loop, and Coyote Loop trails to access. All amenities are available at the visitor center.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Most diverse of refuge trails. Traces a desert oasis.

Cons

Very little shade.

Trailhead Elevation

2,900.00 ft (883.92 m)

Highest point

2,910.00 ft (886.97 m)

Net Elevation Gain

10.00 ft (3.05 m)

Features

Wildlife
Big vistas
Flushing toilets
Family friendly
Potable water
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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