Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Valley

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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.
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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  • Love this place ( when it's a cool temperature )! Been here twice. In good weather they have boardwalks to guide your wanderings. Considering the fragile ecosystem I'm glad they have the boardwalks... 
    Love this place ( when it's a cool temperature )! Been here twice. In good weather they have boardwalks to guide your wanderings. Considering the fragile ecosystem I'm glad they have the boardwalks...  more »
  • Wonderful drive in the desert followed by a short walk on the boardwalk to see the springs and rare fish, the facility is really well done and not to be missed 
    Wonderful drive in the desert followed by a short walk on the boardwalk to see the springs and rare fish, the facility is really well done and not to be missed  more »
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  • Amazing place, tremendous educational value to learn about desert ecosystems or geology. Unique species that can be found no where else on earth. This ecosystem has the largest number of endemic species in the United States and is a true hidden gem. If you love secluded desert landscapes and are interested in desert wildlife, go out of your way to visit. You get to drive by the entrance to Area 51 on the way here as well, so thats a bonus.
  • Ash Meadows is a real gem hidden in the middle of nowhere. A beautiful place with an amazing crystal spring, wildlife you can see nowhere else, and it is all made really accessible through the boardwalk trails and interpretive signs. We stopped by for an hour or two simply because it was near where we stayed to visit Death Valley and we could have easily stayed longer. I wish the pandemic were over so we could have fully enjoyed the nature center.

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