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


Features

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    Desert Bighorn Sheep

    Depending on the year, there are 600 to 800 bighorns on the refuge - yet they can be hard to find!

    Tips for Sighting Desert Bighorn Sheep

  • Eight smiling children displaying Junior Refuge Ranger Badges

    Junior Refuge Ranger Walk

    Want to earn a Junior Refuge Ranger badge with the help of a ranger?

    Learn more and sign up here

  • Child Cringing while holding scat (rubber).

    CSI: Critter Scat Investigation

    Who is leaving "clues" all over the refuge?

    Search for the truth...

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    Desert NWR Movie

    Watch the stunning movie about the many wonders of Desert NWR produced for the new visitor center at Corn Creek.

    Watch the movie

News & Information
Come Visit!

Explore Desert!

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Desert NWR is the largest refuge outside of Alaska. At 1.6 million acres, there are plenty of places to explore.

Learn more about places to see

About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Desert 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

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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