Check out these useful stories about the refuge.


Mountains rising sharply up from the desert floor
Desert NWR goes in elevation from 2,200 feet (670 m) in the valley floors to 9,924 feet (3,025 m) at the top of Hayford Peak. This range covers seven distinct life zones that host different plant and animal communities.
Bristlecone pine above treeline
This 17-minute video is the perfect introduction to Desert NWR.
Hedgehog Cactus blooming with mountains in distance
Visit the refuge virtually, courtesy of PBS!
An empty road heads into the distance while dark, ominous clouds fill the sky above
This web series aims to tell the stories of those who explored our land, honor local heroes and organizations that better the community, and showcase some of the most spectacular locations hidden throughout our great state.
Painting of a green-winged teal drake floating in a wetland
Do you love conservation and want to know how to help? Consider participating in the annual Junior Duck Stamp competition!
Historic log cabin surrounded by pine trees
Nestled deep within the Sheep Range inside the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Hidden Forest Cabin has long been a source of mystery and appeal.