Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


  • Movie

    Movie time

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

    View film

  • Spring Fish Rotator

    Small but Special!!!

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

    View Gallery

  • Moapa Sign Rotator

    When to Visit?

    Moapa Valley NWR is open Labor Day through Memorial Day Friday-Sunday sunrise to sunset. The refuge is closed June through August.

    Plan Your Visit

Protecting the Moapa dace
Moapa dace population counts

Snorkel Survey Results

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Snorkel surveys are conducted twice a year to determine current population numbers of Moapa dace with staff from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife 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.

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS