close up of mule deer doe standing in green sagebrush habitat
Guano Creek Campground Closed for Habitat Restoration

To improve wildlife habitat, Guano Creek campground at Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge is permanently closed. The public is encouraged to camp at nearby Post Meadows campground as an alternative or drive down the road to Hot Springs campground or Camp Hart Mountain. 

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge was established in 1936 to provide a range for remnant antelope herds. Refuge management practices have since been broadened to include conservation of all wildlife and native plant species characteristic of this high-desert habitat. Public enjoyment, education and appreciation for the species and habitat found here is encouraged.

Visit Us

A trip to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge provides visitors the opportunity to disconnect from daily life and enjoy fresh air, sweeping vistas, and a diverse landscape. The Refuge is an oasis in the desert. Snow melt and springs feed many seasonal and year-round creeks, attracting hundreds of species of wildlife. A natural hot spring nestled against the eastern base of Warner Peak provides a soothing retreat for area visitors.

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      About Us

      More than 30 million pronghorn once roamed North America. By the turn of the 20th century, only a few small bands were left. Hart Mountain was one of the last strongholds of this fleet-footed species. Set aside as a home for pronghorn, the Refuge is renowned as a dramatic landscape rich in wildlife diversity.

      Our Species

      Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge was established in 1936 to protect the American pronghorn which was in imminent danger of extinction. Together with Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge just a few miles south, the refuge today is important for the conservation of pronghorn, sage-grouse, American pika, California bighorn sheep, redband trout, and hundreds of other wildlife and plants which depend upon sagebrush sagebrush
      The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse…

      Learn more about sagebrush
      habitats found in the high desert of the Great Basin.

      Greater Sage Grouse
      Sage Grouse
      Greater Sage-Grouse
      The Greater Sage-Grouse is a large grouse with a chunky, round body, small head, and long tail. Males change shape dramatically when they display, becoming almost spherical as they puff up their chest, droop their wings, and fan their tail into a starburst. Sage-Grouse are mottled gray-brown with a...
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      American Pika
      Rock Rabbit
      Mouse Hare
      Piping Hare
      Whistling Hare
      Little Chief Hare
      Southern Pika
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      Get Involved

      Volunteers Needed!

      We are currently looking for weekend volunteers to assist in our Visitor Center this summer. Find out more about the position here: Visitor Center Volunteer

      Check out this recent Washington Post article on volunteering for Hart Mountain and other public lands here! A Guide to Volunteering in the Outdoors (by Kate Silver, May 5 2022)