Plan Your Visit

Antelope Ground Squirrel

As the largest refuge outside of Alaska, Desert NWR is an excellent place to visit, whether for a day trip or a longer stay.

  • Driving Directions


    Located just miles outside of Las Vegas, Desert NWR is easy to get to.

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  • Places to See

    Joshua Trees and Snowy Mountains

    Desert NWR is more than twice the size of Rhode Island – here are some highlights of different destinations to get you started to explore the refuge.  

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  • Visitor Activities


    Camping, hiking, wildlife observation – Desert NWR has a variety of activities to enjoy.

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  • Rules and Regulations

    Great Horned Owl

    We want you and everyone to have a great time on your visit.  Please familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations before you come.

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  • Safety

    Stuck Car

    Most of the refuge is proposed wilderness - here are some tips to ensure a safe trip.

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