Butterbredt Spring -
This is one of the premier spring migration locations in Kern County. Arrival
before dawn is critical for the best views. The timing is best between the third
week in April to the first week in June. Butterbredt Spring
is 31.9 miles from Audubon's Kern River Preserve and takes over about 1
hour and 15 minutes to get to there.
1. Turn right onto Kelso Valley Rd - drive 24.7 mi
2. Turn left toward Jawbone Canyon Rd 0.4 mi
3. Continue straight onto Jawbone Canyon Rd 5.8 mi
4. Turn sharply left onto Butterbredt Canyon Rd 1.0 mi
5. Arrive at Butterbredt Spring
Highway 14 at Jawbone Station.
1. Drive 6.4 miles bearing right at Y-intersection leaving the pavement. The
next 6+ miles is dirt road that can be rough.
2. Drive 5.4 miles to Y-intersection where you'll see the Butterbredt Springs
Bird Sanctuary sign, bear right.
3. Drive 1.0 miles on this road watching for motorcyclists and waterbars.
4. Arrive at Butterbredt Spring
Arrive at Butterbredt Spring on your right, park along the sides of the road so
you do not block traffic. There is a fenced, designated, self-contained camping
area just above the parking area. It is just beyond the Tree of Heaven area.
Squeeze through fence where there is PVC covering wire, stay on well worn foot
paths. Birding is good in migration all the way down the trail and below the
wash to the second fence.