Visitor Activities

Entry Kiosk

Activities available at Fish Springs NWR include wildlife observation, wildlife photography, waterfowl hunting, environmental education and interpretation.

  • Wildlife Observation

    Bird watching

    Fish Springs NWR offers a unique opportunity to observe a wide diversity of migratory bird species and resident wildlife within a desert landscape. The Refuge is well known among birders as a birding hotspot and location of unusual bird sightings, as its varied wetland habitats provide a vital stopping point for many types of migrating birds. In the surrounding arid landscape, including during travel along the Pony Express Route, common sightings also include pronghorn antelope, wild mustang, golden eagle, jack rabbit, and many other species.


  • Interpretation

    Self guided tour

    Fish Springs NWR offers a self-guided Auto Tour Route with interpretative signs describing the various wildlife species that you may see, as well wildlife habitats and the management activities that are used to support them. Be sure to pick up the Refuge’s general brochure and wildlife checklist when you register at the entry kiosk. Additional information is also available at the Refuge office, Monday – Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental Education1

    Due to its isolation and small staff size, Fish Springs NWR has limited environmental education opportunities. Educational lectures and tours can be arranged with Refuge staff by calling 435 693 3122.

  • Wildlife Photography

    Wildlife photographer

    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.

  • Waterfowl Hunting

    Hunt blind

    Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, including their behavior and habitat needs. At Fish Springs NWR, hunting opportunities are available during state regulated seasons within designated areas of the Refuge. To learn more about hunting rules and regulations at Fish Springs NWR, review our Hunting Brochure.