Black Canyon Public Use Draft Environmental Assessment

Black Canyon, a culturally sensitive area within the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, may be opened to the public in the near future. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now seeking public comment on a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Black Canyon Interpretive and Public Use Site Plan.


The draft environmental assessment discusses the potential impacts of constructing a parking area, trails, rest areas, interpretive signs, and barriers designed to protect cultural and archeological resources. For the Nuwuvi (Southern Paiutes), Black Canyon is a sacred place of creation and reflection and contains many unique petroglyphs (rock writing), stone rings, and other significant cultural features. Members of the Nuwuvi Working Group developed recommendations for the management of Black Canyon in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Black Canyon is located on the east side of U.S. Route 93, nine miles south of Alamo, NV, 88 miles north of Las Vegas, NV, and opposite the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. In 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service completed a channel restoration project, hydrologically connecting Black Canyon to Upper and Lower Pahranagat Lakes with the addition of a riparian corridor running past a scenic rock butte. The restoration effort enhanced ecological and cultural resource communities along with migratory bird habitat.

Written public comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Black Canyon Interpretive 

and Public Use Site Plan will be accepted for from August 16, 2017, until September 16, 2017. Comments can be submitted via email to, or via regular mail to James Vinson, Manager, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, P.O. Box 510, Alamo, NV, 89001. 

The draft environmental assessment can be viewed on the Internet at, and at the following locations: 



Alamo, NV Post Office 

40 N Purple Sage Avenue 

Alamo, NV 89001 




Lincoln County Library / Alamo Annex

121 Joshua Tree Street 

Alamo, NV 89001 




U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Desert National Wildlife Complex Office

4701 N. Torrey Pines Drive 

Las Vegas, NV 89130




Desert National Wildlife Refuge

16001 Corn Creek Road

Las Vegas, NV 89124




Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

P.O. Box 510, Alamo, NV, 89001

Alamo, NV 89001




BLM Caliente Field Office

1400 South Front Street

Caliente, NV 89008



The Pahranagat NWR was established on August 16, 1963, to provide habitat for migratory birds, especially waterfowl. The wildlife refuge is located approximately 90 miles north of Las Vegas on U.S. 93 in Lincoln County, Nevada. Situated along the Pacific Flyway, Pahranagat's 5,380 acres contain lakes and marshes — rare sights in this part of Nevada.


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