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Coachella Valley
National Wildlife Refuge


Off Interstate 10 at the Cook St exit
Riverside County, CA   
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Phone Number: 760-348-5278
Visit the Refuge's Web Site:
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/coachella_valley/
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  Overview
Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Coachella Valley Refuge contains the majority of critical habitat within the Coachella Valley Preserve for the Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard (Uma inornata). This threatened species is restricted to the refuge dune system and a few other small areas.

The refuge also provides for the only significant acreage that is not subject to multiple uses from the recreating public; however, this system is in jeopardy as development threatens sand sources and their travel corridors.

Coachella Valley Refuge is almost entirely closed to the public to protect the Coachella Valley Federally-listed threatened fringe-toed lizard. However, there is a trail that runs through a section of the refuge available for horseback riders.


Getting There . . .
Coachella Valley Refuge is located off Interstate 10 at Cook Street exit. Planned access point is on the west side of the refuge near School Chase Road.


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Management Activities
Coachella Valley Refuge is currently undergoing habitat restoration.

Several stands of introduced salt cedar are being removed to allow sand movement. Coachella Valley fringe-toed lizard surveys are conducted every spring and early fall.