The big horn sheep, the state animal of Nevada, is easy to find if you know where to look. Although the herd has been battling pneumonia this fall, they still gather at Hemenway Park in Boulder City. The park is located on Ville Dr., not far from Highway 93.
On the day we visited, we saw two big horn sheep standing right by the parking area. We then walked past the playground and basketball court to see a herd of about 20 animals sitting in the shade of a large tree. While some of them froze and stared at us when we (slowly!) approached, others nibbled on grass. Two animals kept butting their heads together, their horns making a thumping sound that certainly got our attention.
The big horn sheep at Hemenway Park appear to be accustomed to people. We approached the group with caution, and they didn’t seem startled. However, they did eventually move away to the further side of the park, so I think they like to maintain a comfortable distance from people.
In addition to being a great place to see big horn sheep, Hemenway Park also offers pretty views of Lake Mead.
If you visit, remember that the sheep may seem tame, but they are wild animals. Do not get too close. Also, it should be noted that dogs, even if leashed, are not permitted in the park. I presume this is to help keep the big horn sheep at ease.
Hemenway Park is located at:
401 Ville Dr.. Boulder City, NV