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Plan ahead to make the most of your visit

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The desert has a unique beauty that changes with the seasons.  Since the weather plays an important part in making the most of your visit, it is important to plan ahead.  


The refuge is located in Southern Nevada and approximately 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas 

Las Vegas = 90 miles

Death Valley National Park = 48 miles to visitor center at Furnace Creek

Beatty, Nevada = 40 miles

Shoshone, California = 40 miles

Tecopa, California = 55 miles


Best Time To Visit

Spring and fall are the best times to visit because of the comfortable temperatures and wildlife abounds.  In the spring the flowers begin to bloom and although our flower display is subtle we have blooms throughout the year, not just in the spring. 

In the fall the ash trees begin to display their gold and orange fall colors and in the desert this is a sight to see. Birds flock to the refuge on their annual migration, lizards scurry along the boardwalks and you never know when you might see a coyote, bobcat or desert bighorn sheep.      

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Bird Checklist


Although in winter we sometimes experience freezing temperatures and snow, the winters are generally mild. The warm waters in the springs turn the refuge into a steamy and mystical place on brisk winter mornings.  

When spring arrives the animals become more active and the flowers begin to bloom. This is visitors' favorite time of the year on the refuge.

Since summer days can reach 110°(F) or 43.4(C) the best time to tour the refuge is early morning. Visitors are advised to drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, wear a hat, never leave pets or children in the car and limit time outside to avoid heat related problems. On occasion we can get rain from late summer monsoons.


The Community Environmental Monitoring Program (CEMP) has monthly or daily weather information for current and prior years. The website offers information on wind speed and direction, air temperature, barometric pressure, gamma radiation and total precipitation.

Road Conditions

We do have dirt roads but they are well maintained for regular vehicles and motorcycles.  During periods of rain the roads can be slick, extremely muddy and possibly closed in some areas.  During rainy conditions we suggest that you call ahead for road conditions.   

Local Amenities

GAS UP!    The nearest gas stations are approximately 20-25 miles from the refuge in Lathrop Wells or Pahrump, NV.

Accommodations and Eateries - The refuge is day-use only and no overnight stays are allowed however there are 2 hotels nearby.  The Longstreet Inn offers hotel and RV accommodations and there are hotel accommodations at the Amargosa Opera House at Death Valley Junction.  Both locations have restaurants.

More Amenities are available in the town of Pahrump, 30 miles from the refuge with a variety of accommodations, restaurants, shopping, auto repair and more.






Last Updated: Feb 26, 2016
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