Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Valley

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The Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wildlife refuge located in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County, in southwestern Nevada. It is directly east of Death Valley National Park, and is 90mi west-northwest of Las Vegas.The refuge was created on June 18, 1984 to protect an extremely rare desert oasis in the Southwestern United States. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.GeographyThe 23000acre Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is part of the larger Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which also includes: the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.Ash Meadows is within the Amargosa Desert, of the Mojave Desert ecoregion. The Amargosa River is a visible part of the valley hydrology, and has seasonal surface flow passing southwards adjacent to the preserve, to later enter Death Valley.
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  • We were to Ash Meadows as a class field trip and were wowed by the educational opportunities and the lovely blue pools. Inside the blue pools were several endangered fish. Seeing the endangered fish i...  more »
  • Whether you plan to make a quick pit stop or spend that better part of a morning, this secluded site is an essential supplement to a DVNP trip or an escape from the clamor of Las Vegas. The staff is k...  more »
  • Ash Meadows is incredible. A place of quiet serenity and beauty in the desert. The park service has provided an excellent system of boardwalks with informative placards placed strategically throughout...  more »