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    Visitor Center

    During September and October the Visitor Center will be open Thursday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

    Visitor Center

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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.

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    Candid Wildlife Shots

    Take a sneak peek at wildlife from our motion sensor cameras

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Come Visit!

Explore Desert!


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

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About the Complex

Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Complex consists of four refuges located in southern Nevada: Ash Meadows, Desert, Moapa Valley, and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuges.

Desert is managed as part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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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.

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News & Information

  • The Discover Nature App

    Discover Nature App

    The Discover Desert app is a fun, new way to visit the refuge. Want to test your skills? Try the scavenger hunt trivia game! See cool wildlife? Add it to the sightings section. Have a question? Check out the information pages for answers. The Discover Nature App, including Discover Desert, is available for free from the App Store for iPhone and from Google Play for Android devices. It’s a good idea to download the app before heading to the Desert NWR. The app’s GPS capability will allow you to explore and have fun, even when the cell signals fade.

    The Discover Nature App
  • Visitor Center Receives Award

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    The Visitor Center as selected to receive a 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management award!

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  • How to get here

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    Desert is quick and easy to get to from Las Vegas.

    Driving Directions
  • Current Road Conditions

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    Our roads can be a rough and conditions can change quickly. Know before you go!

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Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Nov 07, 2016
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