Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public. For now, refuge visitor centers and other public facilities may be closed and most scheduled events have been postponed.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page.


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    Junior Refuge Ranger Day

    Join us for Junior Refuge Ranger Day at Ash Meadows NWR on Saturday, February 1! It's fun, free and for all ages!

    See the flier here

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    Saturday Tours at Ash Meadows!

    Join us for free guided tours of Crystal Spring and Point of Rocks every Saturday!

    See the flier for details

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    Volunteer of the Year!

    Our very own Hal Fairfield is recognized as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year by the National Wildlife Refuge Association!

    Read the press release here

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    Why visit Ash Meadows?

    There is something for everyone at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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For the Visitor

Current Conditions: Closure

In order to protect the health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is closing Ash Meadows, Desert, Moapa Valley, and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuges, effective at midnight on Thursday, March 26. This action follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control the spread of COVID-19 and responds to Governor Sisolak's Executive Order and Directive to all Nevada residents to "Stay Home For Nevada." All refuge visitor centers, restrooms, trails, camping areas, and roads will be closed. Please stay home, stay safe, and help control the spread of COVID-19. We are all in this together and appreciate your support during this difficult time.

Stay Home Nevada

Guided Tours Every Saturday!

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From October to May, join us for free guided tours of Crystal Spring and Point of Rocks every Saturday! Tours are family-friendly and first-come, first-serve; no reservation required.

See the flier for more information

eBird Trail Tracker

eBird Tracker

Discover what birds have been seen recently at the refuge using Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

Click here to access the eBird Tracker
Featured Video

Ash Meadows Movie

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Discover the story of Ash Meadows NWR in this visually stunning film by Bristlecone Media.

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About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Ash Meadows 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