Due to its small size, fragile habitats, and on-going restoration work, the wildlife refuge is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend.
Location and Contact Information
The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established on September 10, 1979, to secure habitat for the endangered Moapa dace, a small fish endemic to the headwaters of the Muddy River system. Dace populations were in peril due to habitat destruction and modification.
To schedule a group tour of the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, contact Visitor Services at 702-515-5453, or request a tour via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What We Do
Everywas created for a special purpose. Some were created to protect migratory birds, others to protect threatened or endangered species or unique habitats, while others fulfill another special purpose. Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established to protect the Moapa Dace, a small endemic fish. All activities allowed on the refuge must be evaluated to make sure each activity will not conflict with the reason the refuge was founded.
The unique geology of the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge makes it an important location for native wildlife. There are five major thermal springs in Moapa valley, three of which are located within refuge boundaries. The warm springs habitat supports many unique species. Moapa dace, White River springfish, Moapa pebblesnail, and Moapa riffle beetles are all endemic to Moapa Valley, which means they are found here and nowhere else in the world.
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