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Grover Hot Springs State Park - California Watchable Wildlife Viewing Site #85

Wildlife Viewing Area

Grover Hot Springs State Park is a California Watchable Wildlife Viewing Site.

Lofty granite and volcanic peaks flanked by forests border a picturesque alpine meadow on three sides. For years, the main attraction here has been the mineral waters that flow from six hot springs to soaking pools, then into Hot Springs Creek. But those who watch as they hike the nature trail to the soaking pools will be rewarded with views of wildlife.

The forest, meadow, and campgrounds are populated by several species of squirrels. More than 100 bird species have been spotted at the park. Some spring and summer favorites include western tanagers, mountain bluebirds, common nighthawks, Steller's jays, barn swallows, and a wide variety of warblers and woodpeckers. In the fall Clark's nutcrackers, white-breasted nuthatches, and band-tailed pigeons reside in the forest. Look in creek side vegetation and in the water for American dippers, spotted sandpipers, and belted kingfishers. At least a dozen birds of prey cruise the skies here, including red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, and turkey vultures.

The park is on the site of a historic cattle ranch. For more details about viewing wildlife at Grover Hot Springs and for links to a species list, visit

Best Months and Seasons for Viewing

Best seasons for viewing are spring through fall. Spotting songbirds in dense cover requires patience and practice.

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