Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

About Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Valley

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 90 mi (140 km) 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.


Overview of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Home to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is the city of Amargosa Valley in the country of United States. Although listed here, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is not one of the most visited sightseeing places in Amargosa Valley.

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  • Most people just pass by this wonderful park on their way to "Death Valley". So they miss out on the beauty of this well maintained park. It has water, picnic areas, hiking, a board walk, and the "Devils Hole". By all means go to Death Valley check it out, and spend the $20 dollars on the entrance fee. But if you have the time to see this oasis in the middle of the desert, you will be rewarded with a nicer experience than Death Valley. And it's free.

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  • Very nice and relaxing place. There's a boardwalk that you can take that is accessible for handicapped or young children who can't walk on a traditional trail. The natural spring pool is beautiful, giving you the urge to jump right in even though you can't. There's another place you are allowed to swim at though. Overall a great place to get back to nature and get away for a bit.

  • A hidden gem with hiking trails and a chance to see alkaline desert riparian habitat. We were here birding in mid-March and taking pictures. We missed the migration but did see Red-headed Ducks and a cormorant on the reservoir. We also got to see the endangered pup fishes, a minnow, swimming the spring-fed pool 1/4 mile from the visitor center. Also saw a flock of Olive-sided Flycatchers.

  • A hidden treasure in the dessert. Not too many people know about this place. See photos.

  • Serendipity brought us here (lodging nearby to avoid the price gouging down in Death Valley) to discover a natural wonder that is certainly the equal of anything in the National Park. The National Fish and Wildlife Service offers a great visitor center explaining the wonders of this place with numerous boardwalks and drives to see the beautiful blue springs and the rare wildlife they shelter. We came for a "quick" morning visit and ended up spending much of the day.

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