When to Visit?
The refuge is currently closed for the summer and will reopen September 2nd. Group tours can be arranged.
Plan Your Visit
Discover the magic of Moapa Valley NWR's wildlife in this new HD film.
Small but Special!!!
Discover five tiny creatures found only in the warm springs of Moapa Valley.
Moapa dace population counts
Restoration work on and off of the Moapa Valley NWR is benefiting the endangered Moapa dace, as recent population surveys showed healthy growth in the fish's numbers...More...
About the Complex
The complex also oversees Ash Meadows, Desert, and Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuges in southern Nevada.
Moapa Valley is managed as part of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
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Protecting the Moapa dace
When it was established in 1979, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge was the first refuge in the country created to protect a fish; the Moapa dace...Learn more about the Moapa dace...
Did you know?
Prior to acquisition, part of what is now the refuge was developed and operated as a resort, with swimming pools, bath houses, snack bars, and recreational vehicle hook-ups. The springs are thermal in nature and have an average annual water temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit at their points of discharge.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2016