Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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  • Great Basin map

    Great Basin map

    Fallon NWR lies in the Great Basin of Nevada, which covers five states.

    Great Basin range map

  • Fallon refuge dunescape

    Fallon NWR Dunes

    The ever-present desert winds keep these dunes on the move, changing the landscape often.

    Fallon NWR dune-scape

  • fallon seasonal wet

    Fallon NWR Takes a Bath

    Infrequent rains change the landscape, attracting a variety of wildlife.

    desert downpour and ducks

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    Desert Kangaroo rat

    Kangaroo rats are well-adapted for extreme living at Fallon NWR.

    Kangaroo rat closeup

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