All roads within Sheldon NWR are not maintained in the winter, with the exception of Highway 140. Exercise extreme caution when attempting to use 8A, 34A, or any other road within Sheldon NWR during the winter as they become impassable and are not maintained. Check with Nevada 511 ( for current conditions on Highway 140 through Sheldon NWR. 

  • Virgin Valley Road, 34A, and 8A are open and dry.
  • Virgin Valley Campground is open to first come, first serve.

Road conditions are subject to change quickly due to weather. Please be well informed and well equipped for backcountry travel. Check current state road conditions here: Oregon road conditionsNevada road conditions

*Don't assume that because a road is marked open you will be able to drive through. Refuge roads can become hazardous and impassable due to storm events, drifting snow, or wet and muddy conditions. Most areas on the Refuge don't have cell service and help could be hours away. Please carry a shovel, tire chains, warm layers such as blankets or a sleeping bag, first aid kit, emergency food, and at least one extra gallon of water in your vehicle.