On a trip to Las Vegas we decided to get away for the hustle and bustle of the city and casinos. We ended up taking a drive out toward the Henderson and Boulder City area. While we were driving around, we accidentally found the most amazing park called Hemenway Park. This park is comprised of approximately 10 acres and includes playground equipment, gazebos, basketball courts, horseshoe pits and 2 lighted tennis courts. Plus, the 2 lighted softball fields in the adjoining flood control basin make this park a favorite in Boulder City.
However, one of this park’s main attractions is the Bighorn sheep that often come down from the mountains to water and graze. Their horns can weigh up to 30 pounds, while the sheep themselves weigh up to 300 pounds. They are very interesting animals. Apparently sheep from the River Mountains herd have been frequenting Hemenway Park for around 30 years, and as many as 100 animals can crowd the small field, escaping the sun for a few hours of shade and some high-protein greens.
We were lucky when we visited and saw a large herd of sheep right there on the park grounds. It’s great for a photo op, and they aren’t as shy as you might expect. It’s also not unusual to see sheep roaming around the nearby neighborhood, even congregating in residents’ front yards. We had our dogs with us and didn’t let them out of the car, but they were going crazy and wanted to get out and get to the sheep. Imagine these two little Shih Tzu’s wanting to take on the sheep, too funny, lol. We had a great time sitting there and having lunch while we watched the sheep were grazing. Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area.
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