Coming across greater roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) is always a treat at Red Rock Canyon. These large ground dwelling birds can be seen hunting down lizards, snakes, and large invertebrates and can run at top speeds near 20 miles per hour. Roadrunners have what are called zygodactyl feet, meaning that two toes point forward and two toes point backward leaving a “X” track in the ground. Good places to look for roadrunners include the Red Spring Picnic Area, the Visitor Center, and along HWY 159.
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