Few landscapes are as contrasting as Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge’s (NWR) lush wetlands and the surrounding Mojave Desert. Nourished by life-giving waters of Crystal and Ash Springs, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge offers ideal wetlands and riparian habitats for thousands of migratory birds, numerous birds of prey, deer and rare fish.
In 1963, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized the value of the Pahranagat Valley and designated 3,916 acres of lakes, marshes, meadows and desert uplands as Pahranagat NWR. Later land acquisitions expanded the refuge to its present size of 5,382 acres.
Pahranagat NWR is located on the Pacific Flyway, a major north-south migratory route along the western coast of the United States. Hundreds of birds stop here to rest and refuel during their long journey. Many species also breed and overwinter here.
Pahranagat NWR’s many recreational opportunities will bring visitors into close proximity with a diverse array of wildlife. Notably, 264 bird species have been recorded on the refuge which is over half of all birds recorded in the state of Nevada, making Pahranagat NWR a popular destination for birders and photographers. Hiking trails cross through five different habitat types, giving visitors the opportunity to see meadows, marshes, lakes, streams and desert within a single afternoon visit. Hunting and fishing are popular activities and for those interested in experiencing this desert oasis at night, camping is available at the Upper Lake.
We invite you to visit the refuge and experience the wonder of its incredibly diverse wildlife.