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    When to Visit?

    The refuge is currently open Friday through Sunday, sunrise to sunset.

    Plan Your Visit

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    Junior Refuge Ranger Day

    Come celebrate the beginning of our Jr. Refuge Ranger program. Oct. 10th @ Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

    Junior Refuge Ranger Day 2015

  • 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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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...
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015


  • Events in Southern Nevada

    Scorpion at Night 59 x 56October 01, 2015 - October 01, 2016

    Ranger lead hikes and special events are a great way to discover more about your National Wildlife Refuges.

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