Facility Rules and Policies

There are many interesting and educational things to see on the refuge. Please check with the staff before participating in an activity that could harm you, other people, wildlife, or habitats. The Service wants all visitors to enjoy the refuge while helping to protect it by following these rules and regulations:

  • All motorized vehicles must be parked in the parking lot.
  • No bicycles are allowed on the trails or pathways. 
  • Drones are prohibited on the refuge. Launching, landing or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) is prohibited.  50 CFR 27.34/27.61
  • Stay on marked trails and pathways.
  • Dispose of trash in receptacles located throughout the refuge.   
  • Do not abandon any animals or fish anywhere on the refuge.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times and must be kept on marked trails and pathways. Dog owners must clean up after their pets.   
  • Horseback riding, fishing, camping, swimming, fireworks, open fires, discharging a firearm, and off-road vehicles are prohibited.  
  • Collecting plants, animals, geologic materials or artifacts is against the law.  

Law Enforcement

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement officers have federal jurisdiction to enforce federal conservation laws throughout the United States. Officers deal with a wide variety of crimes such as natural resource violations, traffic violations, crimes against people, crimes against property, homeland security and more. They protect fish, wildlife, plants, and other natural, cultural, and historical resources.

Service law enforcement officers work collaboratively with law enforcement officers from other federal land management agencies to protect Southern Nevada public lands for everyone to enjoy.  

By fostering understanding and instilling in the visiting public an appreciation of refuge resources, laws, and regulations, law enforcement officers encourage voluntary compliance through education, outreach, and law enforcement actions while ensuring a welcoming and safe environment.