The Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wildlife refuge located in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County, in southwestern Nevada. It is directly east of Death Valley National Park, and is 90 mi (140 km) west-northwest of Las Vegas.Arrange your visit to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and discover more family-friendly attractions in Amargosa Valley using our Amargosa Valley online day trip planner.
The refuge was created on June 18, 1984, to protect an extremely rare desert oasis in the Southwestern United States. It is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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We took a day trip over to Ash Meadows. Although the visitor center was closed due to COVID, there was a docent there who provided a pamphlet and was very friendly. It was spring, and the place... more »
The visitor center at Ash Meadows was still closed in April due to Covid, but if you are willing to deal with the washboard dirt and gravel roads, this is a serene spot and a lovely place to see... more »
I'm glad that I visited Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. It's literally an oasis in the Mojave Desert with natural springs and ground water reaching the surface to form clear blue water pools in an otherwise dry area. I found this area to be drivable in a regular sedan. Like other reviewer's, I found this area to be uniquely beautiful, very peaceful, and drivable in a regular sedan.
It was a pretty cool place. Something to do to beat the heat in Death Valley. The refuge is open sunrise to sunset daily but the visitor center is open 800-1630. Take a walk on the boardwalks and take in the view. Will definitely return in a different season.
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