Visitor Activities

Dune Playa at Fallon NWR

Fallon NWR - Get Away From It All!

  • Wildlife Observation

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    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest national wildlife refuge!  From birding to whale watching, from viewing speedy pronghorn antelope or slow-moving box turtles, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.

    Activities permitted at Fallon NWR include:  Wildlife Observation, Photography (non-commercial), Interpretation and Environmental Education.  Fishing is not compatible with refuge management goals, therefore not allowed.

    From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds.  The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.  

    For more information about wildlife observation opportunities at Fallon NWR, contact the Visitor Services Manager at 775/423-5128 or stop by the Stillwater NWR Complex office in Fallon at 1020 New River Parkway for maps and brochures.

  • Hunting


    Hunting is currently allowed at Fallon NWR, within the guidelines of state and Federal rules, seasons, licensing, and weapons restrictions. Only shotguns, archery and muzzle-loader weapons are allowed, using only non-toxic ammunition. Please collect and remove any spent shells and other trash from the refuge.

    No cross-country travel is allowed, as it damages sensitive desert soils, plants and habitat. Please follow existing road tracks and trails. Most hunting will be walk and stalk, or jump shooting for waterfowl when seasonal water is available.

    For more information or to get involved in the review process, please contact the Refuge Manager at (775)423-5128.

  • Photography

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    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate.  You don’t need to purchase expensive equipment or have any experience to get started.  A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes.  Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System.  We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive!