For Your Safety
The desert can be dangerously hot and dry.
Be sure to carry and drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, and wear light-colored
clothing, including a hat. Watch out for stinging insects, venomous reptiles,
and thorny plants. Avoid putting your hands and feet under rocks or into
crevices and plants, and watch where you step or sit.
Protect the Refuge
photography, and wildlife observation are permitted on the refuge, except
within the waterfowl management units and staff residence area.
- Travel in wilderness areas is by foot
or horseback only.
- Hunting and fishing are permitted, according
to state regulations, in some areas. Please contact the Visitor Center
for more information.
- Unconfined domestic animals are not allowed.
Pets are permitted only if under your control at all times.
- Boating is permitted in some areas. Special
regulations apply. Please contact the Visitor Center for more information.
- Vehicles are permitted on designated
roads only. All off-road vehicle travel is prohibited. All motorized
vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles, and all operators
must be licensed and insured for highway driving. Speed limit is 25
mph unless posted otherwise.
- It is illegal to remove,
deface, or damage rocks, minerals, semi-precious stones, Indian artifacts,
paleontological objects, or objects of antiquity.
- Collecting, possessing, molesting,
disturbing, injuring, destroying, removing, or transporting any plant
or animal or part thereof (alive or dead) is prohibited, except for
legally taken game.
- Camping is not permitted on the refuge.
- Fires are not permitted on the refuge.
- Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuges must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).
- Possession or use of crossbows or
bow and arrows is prohibited except when
used for approved hunting.