There are no fees to visit the refuge.
The refuge itself is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the week. The visitor center is open Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. When staff or volunteers are available the visitor center is open on weekends and holidays.
The refuge is day-use only from sunrise to sunset. RV parking or camping is not allowed. Call the refuge office for information about nearest availability for camping, RV parking and lodging. (775-372-5435)
Yes, dogs are allowed on the boardwalks, but never in springs or streams. Always have your dog on a leash and clean-up after them.
The best time to visit is late September through November with comfortable fall temperatures and wildlife is still active. This is also the time when fall migration brings many species of birds to the refuge. Spring is another good time to visit before the heat of summer makes it difficult to spend time outside. Our winters are moderate and although wildlife may not be as active the fish are still active in the warm blue spring waters and on cold winter mornings the steam rising from the waters give the refuge a mystical feel. Some people want that summer heat in an oasis experience especially our international visitors but every season offers our visitors a unique experience.
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This natural spring outputs 2800 gallons a minute of water. Photo courtesy of Judy Palmer - Amargosa Conservancy