Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.

Features

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    Desert Bighorn Sheep

    Depending on the year, there are 600 to 800 bighorns on the refuge - yet they can be hard to find!

    Tips for Sighting Desert Bighorn Sheep

  • Eight smiling children displaying Junior Refuge Ranger Badges

    Junior Refuge Ranger Walk

    Want to earn a Junior Refuge Ranger badge with the help of a ranger?

    Learn more and sign up here

  • Child Cringing while holding scat (rubber).

    CSI: Critter Scat Investigation

    Who is leaving "clues" all over the refuge?

    Search for the truth...

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    Desert NWR Movie

    Watch the stunning movie about the many wonders of Desert NWR produced for the new visitor center at Corn Creek.

    Watch the movie

News & Information

Current Conditions: Closure

In order to protect the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is closing Ash Meadows, Desert, Moapa Valley, and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuges, effective at midnight on Thursday, March 26. This action follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control the spread of COVID-19 and responds to Governor Sisolak's Executive Order and Directive to all Nevada residents to "Stay Home For Nevada." All refuge visitor centers, restrooms, trails, camping areas, and roads will be closed. Please stay home, stay safe, and help control the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together and appreciate your support during this difficult time.

Stay Home Nevada

NTTR Military Land Withdrawal LEIS Released

December 7, 2017

The Air Force will release the final LEIS for the NTTR Military Land Withdrawal on December 8, 2017. The Air Force is accepting public comments via email, mail or through their website. The comment period is open December 8, 2017 - March 8, 2018. Five public meetings will be hosted throughout towns in Southern Nevada in January. More information, as well as meeting schedule and comment information, can be found at their website.

http://www.nttrleis.com/index.aspx

The Discover Nature App

Discover Nature App

The Discover Desert app is a fun, new way to visit the refuge. Want to test your skills? Try the scavenger hunt trivia game! See cool wildlife? Add it to the sightings section. Have a question? Check out the information pages for answers. The Discover Nature App, including Discover Desert, is available for free from the App Store for iPhone and from Google Play for Android devices. It’s a good idea to download the app before heading to the Desert NWR. The app’s GPS capability will allow you to explore and have fun, even when the cell signals fade.

The Discover Nature App

Current Road Conditions

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Our roads can be a rough and conditions can change quickly. Know before you go!

Check Current Road Conditions
Come Visit!

Explore Desert!

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Desert NWR is the largest refuge outside of Alaska. At 1.6 million acres, there are plenty of places to explore.

Learn more about places to see

About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS