Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


  • Movie

    Movie time

    Discover the magic of Moapa Valley NWR's wildlife in a short 15-minute HD film.

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  • Spring Fish Rotator

    Small but Special!!!

    Discover five tiny creatures found only in the warm springs of Moapa Valley.

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  • Moapa Sign Rotator

    When to Visit?

    To protect fragile habitat, Moapa Valley NWR is closed during June, July, and August. It will re-open on Saturday, September 1, 2018.

    Plan Your Visit

Protecting the Moapa dace

The Moapa dace

Protecting the Moapa dace

When it was established in 1979, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was the first refuge in the country created to protect a fish; the Moapa dace...

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Birdy biltz

Bird Gallery Rotator

Did you know Moapa Valley is a hotspot for birders? Many avian species flock to our beautiful springs and streams. Enter your sightings on today!

Moapa dace population counts

State of the dace: February 2018

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The most recent snorkel survey count of Moapa dace took place on February 20 and 21, 2018, with staff from the Service, the Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority teaming up to perform a physical count of the fish throughout the Muddy River System.

Learn more here

About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


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.

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