At this small park in Boulder City you can get up close and personal with a whole herd of wild Bighorn Sheep that hang out there.
401 Ville Dr, Boulder City, NV 89005
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Hemenway Park is your run-of-the-mill city park, with tennis courts and a standard playground (although the playground has an old fashioned merry-go-round, which you never see anymore!). The thing that makes this park interesting is the large herd of Little Bighorn Sheep that come down from the mountain each day to hang out in the shade and eat the grass/clover. The sheep are so accustomed to humans that you can just walk around among them and get incredibly (a little scarily?!) close to them.
The sheep come down during the hot months, but it is not clear exactly when that is. When I was there I spoke with a tour guide of sorts and he couldn’t give me specifics on the months, just “when it’s hot.” The internet says “spring and summer.” We went during the last couple days of August, during a week when temperatures were topping out at just over one hundred.
The sheep come down to the park around sunrise and go back up the mountain around sunset. We went at about 6 and stayed until 6:30, and they hadn’t left yet. This was on a day when the weather app said sunset in Boulder city would be at 7:10. It seems that sometimes people follow the sheep, or go looking for them in the neighborhood near the park, and this really bothers the residents (according to some disgruntled reviews on the internet).
WHAT TO TAKE
A camera/phone for some up close photos!
We went the last week in August. I was worried that we wouldn’t get there in time to see the sheep, but they don’t leave until sunset so we made it. I was hoping to see the exodus from the park back up the mountain, but it apparently wasn’t time yet, as we left 30 minutes before official sunset. The sheep were very calm and didn’t seem threatening at all. They would move away if we came within a few feet. Korbin was super excited about the sheep and was making a lot of noise, which bothered the sheep a little. Kyler (2) was really interested for about 15 minutes, and then wanted to play on the toys.
WHAT WE LIKED
The views of Lake Mead from this park were pretty. It did seem to be a little bit of a “touristy” place, and one very small tour group was there, but it was otherwise pretty calm and quiet, with just a few visitors. As we were leaving, the most darling elderly couple pulled up and got out with their ice cream and went to sit on a bench and watch the sheep together. My heart!
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
Well, there’s poop everywhere. To be expected.
WILL WE GO AGAIN
This could be a once or twice a year thing for us. I feel a little bit like once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it – but you definitely should see it!