Updates from February 21, 2024:
Ash Meadows is recovering from recent heavy rain. Some roads remain impassable due to mud and wet conditions. Please respect road closure signs. Conditions change quickly. Please check with the visitor center on the day of your visit for current conditions.
Closed until further notice:
Longstreet to Peterson Rd cutover
East side of Crystal Reservoir loop from Spring Meadows Rd to the reservoir
West side of Crystal Reservoir loop
Point of Rocks Rd
Devil's Hole Rd
Top reasons to visit Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge!
Ash Meadows is . . .
· the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert.
· an internationally recognized wetland and designated Ramsar site.
· home to relict species of desert fish that have existed here since the Pleistocene.
· a place for the whole family to unwind and reconnect with nature.
Ash Meadows has . . .
· the highest concentration of endemic species in the United States.
· four endangered fish species and eight threatened or endangered plant species.
· diverse habitat including dune fields, alkali seeps, and groves of mesquite and ash trees.
· spring systems fed by fossil water that originated from the last ice age.
Ash Meadows offers . . .
· friendly staff and volunteers to answer questions.
· a state-of-the-art visitor center with interactive learning stations.
· three points of interests with wheelchair accessible boardwalks, restrooms, interpretive signs, views, and picnic areas.
· opportunities for education, photography, wildlife observation, and hunting.
What are you waiting for?
ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
WHERE THE DESERT SPRINGS TO LIFE!
Location and Contact Information
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a desert oasis named after the galleries of ash trees described in expedition notes from 1893. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service strives to conserve, restore, and protect this unique ecosystem through environmental education, outreach programs, voluntarism, and visitor services.
Fish & Wildlife, in partnership with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (LNT), encourages visitors to practice the LNT 7 principles to minimize impact to Ash Meadows. For more information, visit Leave No Trace.
What We Do
The National Wildlife Refuge System is a series of lands and waters owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the refuge system. It drives everything we do from the purpose a refuge is established, to the recreational activities offered there, to the resource management tools we use. Selecting the right tools helps us ensure the survival of local plants and animals and helps fulfill the purpose of the refuge.