Visitor Activities


  • Camping


    Camping is an excellent way to experience the refuge, and we offer several options at Desert NWR, all fee-free. 

    Desert Pass Campground, located on Mormon Well Road, has six primitive camp sites available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad, and vault toilets are available.  Like most of the refuge, there is no water available, so please make sure to bring all you need. 

    Backcountry and car camping are also available throughout the refuge.  

    For more information, please see Camping Regulations.


  • Hiking


    There are many hiking opportunities throughout Desert NWR. 

    Corn Creek has five shorter trails, three of which are ADA accessible.  Please see the Corn Creek Trail Map for more information. 

    Other hiking opportunities in the refuge are in the backcountry.  There are a few favorite hikes highlighted in Places to See, and visitors are welcome to hike throughout the refuge.  

    Detailed topographic maps are available for purchase at the Visitor Center, or you can view the Southern and Northern maps online.


  • Hunting


    We recognize that hunting is a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage.  Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs.

    Each year a limited number of hunting tags are issued for bighorn sheep.  

    For more information, please see Hunting Regulations.

  • Wildlife Viewing and Photography

    Gambel Quail

    Wildlife viewing and photography is one of the highlights to visiting a National Wildlife Refuge! 

    Desert NWR is considered to be one of the best birding sites in southern Nevada, with over 320 species seen on the refuge.    

    In addition to the multitude of birds, there are also 32 species of amphibians and reptiles and 51 species of mammals, including the desert bighorn sheep the refuge was established for.  See Tips for Sighting Bighorn Sheep for suggestions on how you might see some of these elusive creatures.      

    Add in the over 500 species of plants and seven mountain ranges, and the photographic possibilities are endless on the refuge.  


  • Junior Duck Stamp Program

    JDS NV display 2018

    The Junior Duck Stamp Program is a way for students to learn about waterfowl, wetlands, and conservation through art.

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