Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Valley
(4.6/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web)
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, the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, and the Amargosa Pupfish Station.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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  • For anyone interested in nature, Ash Meadows NWR is a must see - the largest oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert. We tripped upon this hidden gem on our way back to Las Vegas from Death Valley. I...  more »
  • On our ride from Death Valley to Las Vegas decided to visit this Wildlife Refuge. The access roads and the roads in the refuge are unpaved and for some pieces is a high clearance vehicle required. On the day we visited this place, it was about 38 degrees celcius. As a result, actually too hot to walk. in the end, we only walked the Boardwalk from the visitor center and promised ourselves here ever to come back in the spring. It is very special to after the dryness of Death Valley suddenly green trees and crystal clear water. The visitor center is not so long ago built and offers a fun exhibition about life in the refuge.
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  • Over the years I have been to this remote sanctuary. I have seen it burnt to the ground from wildfires, in full bloom with desert orchids that are only found in this area, admired both the perennial a...  more »
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  • AshMeadowsNationalWildlifeRefuge is a real desert oasis!!Very few authentic oases exist here in theUS,most are actually fed by rivers that pass underground and back to the surface.In a true oasis,the water comes from deep under the bedrock,as inAMNWR,actually from almost5000feet!!There are 19endemic species(existing only here and nowhere else in the world!) of plants and animals,such as theAshMeadows egret and the hardy little pupfish!The best place to view them is at theKings' reflection pool,where you can see the waters bubbling up from deep under the surface of our planet,accesible by an interpretational trail.There is also a boardwalk for families to amble and learn all about this unique,wondrous place!!A true gem in the desert,far from the hustle of city lights,it has the darkest nightskies as well,for fabulous stargazing,very memorable and a worthy stop alongHwy373enjoy!!
  • Had alot of fun. Lots of terrain to explore. But not a Dratini nest... Still fun though!
  • A strange oasis in the middle of nowhere. Eerie and enchanting. Definitely visit the Devil's Hole as well.
  • I was totally flabbergasted to discover this emerald jewel at the nevada entrance of death valley. ....go go go see it if you can (to be combined with Amargosa Opera in Death valley Junction) ....surprise beauty after beauty ...thorough wildlife restoration. ...excellent organization of parking lots with toilets, picnic area, accessible boardwalks and visitor center with friendly personnel...tku Serena for all the stories
  • An oasis in the middle of the desert. Great boardwalk trail, which is awesome for families with strollers or wheelchairs. Shiny new visitor's center with great interactive displays. Overall, my family had a great time. Just FYI, the roads are packed down gravel so if you don't want your car to get dirty best to avoid.