Marsh Creek and Red Rock Pass
Nearest Town: Downey
Highlights: Raptors, Shorebirds, Songbirds, Upland Birds, Waterbirds, Waterfowl
Access: Year-round. Access free of charge.
Directions: I-15 Exit #31 to Downey; follow ID 40 E to US 91; zero odometer at intersection of ID 40/US 91; R (S) on US 91; at mi 3.6, marsh will be on your R (W); bird along hwy or take Downata Rd that borders the marsh’s N end; continue S on US 91 until mi 6.8; L (E) into gravel lot at Red Rock Pass geologic marker; continue S on US 91 and immediately turn R (S) toward Oxford on CR D-1; go 3.1 mi; look for birds near cliffs.
Description: At the Marsh Creek area, you can see large numbers of migrating waterfowl, especially Northern Pintail. Both Tundra and Trumpeter Swans can be seen during migration. Sandhill Crane breed at Marsh Creek, and occasionally American White Pelican can be seen loafing. A Golden Eagle pair nests regularly on the cliffs east of the highway at Red Rock Pass. Watch also for nesting White-throated Swift and Violet-green Swallow on the cliffs. Peregrine Falcon have been seen in the area, though nesting has not been confirmed.
ID DOT (208) 239-3300
Downey Chamber of Commerce 208-897-5342