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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge awes and inspires with its lush green meadows, blue lakes, and abundant wildlife.


Pahranagat NWR allows visitors to get in close proximity to wildlife.  During spring and fall migrations, thousands of waterfowl blanket the lakes and marshes in a noisy, honking commotion.  The water of the streams and lakes allows cottonwood and willow trees to grow. The trees provide ideal habitat for migratory songbirds. Over 260 species of birds have been reported on the refuge, including the critically endangered Southwest Willow Flycatcher.  If you're interested in exploring the refuge on foot, explore Pahranagat's 9.2 miles of hiking trails.  Hunting and fishing are permitted on the refuge during the prescribed season, and for those interested in experiencing this desert oasis at night, free camping is available at the Upper Lake.  For more information, please read about visitor activities.  

When can you visit? The refuge is open to the public every day of the year and 24hrs a day. The new visitor center, opened in 2015, is open Thursday & Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday & Sunday 9-4:30. It features several interactive exhibits, a 15-minute movie, and short, accessible nature trails that are fun for the whole family.

You can journey through the backcountry between Pahranagat and Desert National Wildlife Refuge on Alamo Road.  This route requires a high clearance vehicle, is not regularly maintained, and has no gas or other services available along the route.

In the town of Alamo, which is 3 miles north of the northern edge of the refuge, visitors can find restaurants, fuel, lodging, and groceries.  For more information on traveling to the refuge please see the directions page.