General Bird Spring Range Information: One of the many trails that once ran through what is now known as the Las Vegas Valley in southern Nevada, followed the seeps and springs from Las Vegas through the Bird Spring Range and eventually joined other trails to end up at the Colorado River or in California or Arizona. Trails in the southwest would normally try to follow the seeps and springs as much as possible to be able to supply the needed water, a place to camp, and food from the plants and animals that lived near and around the springs. One of the major springs along this route is known as Bird Spring, and at one time it was supplying up to 50 barrels of water per day. Some of the earliest known users of Bird Spring were the Anasazi followed by the Paiute and the Shoshone, then came the Spanish, and finally the white explorers. After the explorers came the settlers, and with the settlers came wagons and stage lines, and the Indians were forced out. Once the settlers realized that life at Bird Spring was too difficult, they left and the Paiutes were able to return.
The actual Bird Spring (my Bird Spring 1) has been written about in several old books as a place where you could go to find “arrowheads”. Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s collecting was not a big deal, but these days it is a very big deal. You do it now, and you could end up in jail, lose your vehicle, or any number of other fun things could happen to you. Knowing that the Bird Spring Range had been scoured by collectors and BLM archaeologists for many years, I assumed that we might find a few rock rings which we did, but I was pleasantly surprised when we stumbled across two artifacts.