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    When to Visit?

    The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

    Plan Your Visit

  • Scorpion Hunt Rotator

    Scorpion Hunt & Night Hike

    Join the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for a fun evening of searching for scorpions. May 29th & 30th

    Learn more.

  • Movie

    New Film!

    Discover the magic of Moapa Valley NWR's wildlife in this new HD film.

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  • Spring Fish Rotator

    Small but Special!!!

    Discover five tiny creatures found only in the warm springs of Moapa Valley.

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  • Refuge Update


    Published bimonthly REFUGE UPDATE keeps readers informed on current nationwide refuge issues.

    Read news from refuges across the country.

Moapa dace population counts

Restoration Benefits Moapa dace

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Restoration work on and off of the Moapa Valley NWR is benefiting the endangered Moapa dace, as recent population surveys showed healthy growth in the fish's numbers...


About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The complex also oversees Ash Meadows, Desert, and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuges in southern Nevada.

Moapa Valley is managed as part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Protecting the Moapa dace

The Moapa dace

Protecting the Moapa dace

When it was established in 1979, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was the first refuge in the country created to protect a fish; the Moapa dace...

Learn more about the Moapa dace...
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Last Updated: May 15, 2015


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