The Moapa Valley
National Wildlife Refuge is now closed to the public for the summer. The refuge is scheduled to reopen Labor Day weekend 2013.
Due to its small
size, fragile habitats, and on-going restoration work, the Moapa Valley NWR is open
to the public from sunrise until sunset every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from
Labor Day through Memorial Day. Occasionally, the Service conducts special programs and volunteer activities at the wildlife refuge. Those events are added to the calendar as they are scheduled and are usually announced with a news release.
Weekday group visits are also available. School
groups, clubs, businesses, and other organizations can schedule a tour of the
refuge in advance by contacting the refuge manager at (702) 515-5225.
The Moapa Valley National
Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in the Warm Springs area of the upper Moapa
Valley in northeastern Clark County in southern Nevada. It lies just south of State
Highway 168 and the Muddy River, between Interstate 15 on the east and U.S.
Highway 93 on the west. The refuge is bounded on the North by Warm Springs
Road, on the south by Battleship Wash, and on the east and west by private
property. It is approximately 60 miles northeast of the city of Las Vegas and 9
miles west of the town of Glendale.
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Prior to acquisition, part of what is now the refuge was developed and operated as a resort, with swimming pools, bath houses, snack bars, and recreational vehicle hook-ups. The springs are thermal in nature and have an average annual water temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit at their points of discharge.