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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  • June 5, 2017
    This place is a wonderful jewel in the desert. A natural oasis with rushing streams that you can hear before seeing. Jack Rabbits, boardwalks, clear blue pools... and of course the star of the show, t...  more »
  • June 4, 2017
    An Amazing place and like an oasis in the desert. A good location to see the variety of life in a arid land. The range we talked to (AJ) was great, had lots of information and was enthusiastic about w...  more »
  • May 25, 2017
    Lovely oasis in the middle of the desert, well worth a visit! Bring a picnic and chill out in the shade next to the streams and pools. The road into it is very bumpy and gravelly - take it slow in a h...  more »

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