Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Valley
Categories: National Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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.Use our Amargosa Valley vacation generator to visit Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge on your trip to Amargosa Valley, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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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... read more »
This area has the prettiest springs with rare endangered pupfish. The walkways are nice and easy. We learned a lot about what was supposed to be built there...another Las Vegas type place..but luckily... read more »
Amazing Wild life refuge with a great visitorcenter. The staff was friendly and informative. We drove there from the west entrance and had no trouble getting there. Go visit and support the Wild life ... read more »
Had alot of fun. Lots of terrain to explore. But not a Dratini nest... Still fun though!
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.
Best place you've never been to. The facilities are top notch and the volunteers who work there are very knowledgeable. I can't wait to go back and see this beautiful place.
Just a few minutes from Pahrump. 1:30 minutes from Las Vegas. You need a good car for driving unpaved road. Get gas from Pahrump, near the Refuge is not gas station. Swimming is not permitted because destroys the algaes, food for fishes. There are native endangered fishes, so fishing is not allowed. The Visitor Center is new, has picnic area and restrooms outside. The best time to go is Spring because in Summer as it is near Death Valley NP exceed 100 grades F. There are three restrooms, and two picnic areas. You can go with your pet, must be leashed all time. Keep pets out the water.
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