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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
HCR 70, Box 610Z
Amargosa Valley, Nevada 89020
Phone: 775-372-5435





This unique place is a haven for rare species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge supports 25 plants and animals which are found nowhere else. Of these unique "endemic" species," five are currently listed as endangered and seven are listed as threatened. The most famous of these is perhaps the Ash Meadows Pupfish.

The content of this page was accurate on the date of its posting; it may have changed since that time. We recommend that you contact local authorities for current information. Our pages are only intended as a beginning to your journey.


23,000 acres


2,200 feet




Open daily from sunrise to sunset.


Drinking water, restrooms, as small picnic facility at the Refuge Headquarters.


Located approximately 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County, Nevada. Three miles east of Nevada 373 and California 127 and 7 miles northeast of Death Valley Junction off of the Bell Vista Road. 22 miles northwest of Pahrump on the Bell Vista Road.


Map Coordinates (NAD83): 36 25.24N; 116 18.78W


  • Cold to warm.
  • Most plants bloom between August and September.
  • Birds migrate between spring and fall.

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Regulations and Precautions

  • All motorized vehicles must be properly licensed and are restricted to designated roads. Off Highway Vehicles (OHVs) are prohibited on the Refuge.
  • Hunting is permitted in designated areas, subject to all applicable state, federal, and Refuge regulations.
  • All fishing is prohibited anywhere on the Refuge.
  • Only non motorized boats or boats with electric motors are permitted on the Refuge, and only on Crystal and Peterson Reservoirs. Watercraft must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal rules.
  • Swimming is permitted only in Crystal Reservoir. Swimming in or entering spring pools and streams is strictly forbidden.
  • During wet fall and winter months, some roads may be flooded. Some roads are unimproved and impassable for passenger cars. Contact the Refuge Headquarters for current road conditions.
  • Although swimming is permitted in Crystal Reservoir, there is the possibility of contracting Swimmer's Itch. Swimmer's Itch is not dangerous nor contagious, but it can be uncomfortable.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada.


There is no camping within the Refuge. Camping and overnight parking are prohibited. The nearest public campgrounds are located in Death Valley National Park.


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