Pahranagat NWR’s many recreational opportunities will bring the visitor into close proximity with a diverse array of wildlife. During spring and fall migrations, thousands of waterfowl including over 25 different species of ducks, geese, and swans will dot the lakes and marshes. The abundant underbrush near the canals and lakes provides an ideal avian habitat, making Pahranagat NWR a popular destination for photographers and birders. Hiking and biking trails cross through five different habitat types, giving visitors an opportunity to see meadows, marshes, lakes, rivers and desert within a single afternoon visit. Hunting is permitted in the southern portions of the refuge and for those interested in experiencing this desert oasis at night, camping is available at the Upper Lake. For more information please read about visitor activities.
When can you visit? The refuge is open to the public every day of the year and 24hrs a day.
Access toDesert National Wildlife Refuge is also possible on Alamo Road which passes through the Pahranagat NWR. This route requires high clearance and closes at the sand dunes. It is no longer possible to reach the Corn Creek Station via this route.
In the town of Alamo visitors can find several restaurants, fuel, lodging and groceries. For more information on traveling to the refuge please see the directions page.
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As one of the few wetland habitats in southern Nevada, Pahranagat NWR is a critical part of the Pacific migration flyway.