Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Las Vegas

4.7
#19 of 22 in Wildlife in Las Vegas
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is a protected wildlife refuge, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, located north of Las Vegas, Nevada, in northwestern Clark and southwestern Lincoln counties, with much of its land area lying within the southeastern section of the Nevada Test and Training Range. The Desert NWR, created on May 20, 1936, is the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states of the United States, encompassing 1.615e6acre of the Mojave Desert in the southern part of Nevada. This Range is part of the larger Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.
Range/Refuge staff work out of the Corn Creek Field Station, which includes a visitors center, which is located 23 miles north of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Range can be accessed from U.S. 95 North.
The Desert NWR contains six major mountain ranges, including the Sheep Range, with heights up to 10,000 feet and valleys around 2,500 feet . Annual rainfall in the range varies from less than four inches in the valleys to over fifteen inches on the mountain peaks.
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  • There is a visitor center with some interesting displays and nice employees. There are trails in back where you can see migratory birds and hopefully bighorn sheep. There are mountain ranges on...  more »
  • This awesome refuge located north of Las Vegas is the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska. It is a great activity away from the Las Vegas strip where you can immerse yourself in the rugged...  more »
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  • It has a beautiful information center and gift shop. There is a natural spring and Creek. There are a few informative walking trails, with benches. There is also a large group picnic area covered by trees.
  • It was a great place to spend the day. Cool enough to walk the trails. And listen to the creek. Spent three hours here.

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