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Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

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Beautiful environmental surprise in the midst of the high desert.

Inexpensive, roughing-it camping with many spots alongside the water. There's a very interesting... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2018
Gig Harbor, Washington
Always a great place for a hike.

If you are patient, you can spot bald eagles. Plenty of other water fowl as well. Nice trail... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2018
Shana L
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Reviewed 18 October 2018

Inexpensive, roughing-it camping with many spots alongside the water. There's a very interesting visitor center that is not to be missed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 16 July 2018

If you are patient, you can spot bald eagles. Plenty of other water fowl as well. Nice trail around lake for a good walk.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Shana L
Reviewed 15 July 2018

We have been through the visitor center, and went on a scorpion hunt, owl hunt, and went spotting Bald Eagles. The Visitor Center is only open on Friday and Saturday.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank pvhssports
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Have been to a few other Wildlife Refuges, and I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful this Visitor Center is. The landscape and displays are very well executed. Also, the introductory movie is excellent. When I visited (June 30), the weather was pretty hot and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Previa1994
Reviewed 10 May 2018

We came upon this place while driving up Hwy. 93. We decided to stop, stretch our legs and take the dogs for a walk. We found a nice and informative visitor's center with a friendly staff. A very nice stop, I recommend.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AZboyinWI
Reviewed 3 April 2018

This is an easy day trip from the Vegas metro area (depending on continual road construction projects) as well a serene camping experience for all interested in birding, fishing, camping and wide open night skies. The visitor center is only open Thursday through Monday, though;...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Zoom_Gotti
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

Not too many birds this time of yr but we saw a pair of merlins apparently courting & mourning cloak betterfly. One of the nicest most informative small visitors centers we’ve seen. Both natural , native indian & early settlers history. Lots of trails, short...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Marge905
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

We pulled in to stretch our legs while traveling between Idaho and Arizona. There is a pet area, an attractive visitor ctr, short trails, and lovely scenery. Bird watching opps abound, so bring your binoculars. This will be a regular stop when traveling this route...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Elizabeth S
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We only spent about an hour here between other activities, but it was very peaceful and beautiful, and an interesting little oasis in the desert. Very enjoyable and I would stop again if I was back in the area.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank bluebird0404
Reviewed 28 October 2017

The refuge is a wild, protected area managed by the Bureau of Land Management. An unexpected oasis in the desert about 80 miles from Las Vegas, it contains a wetland with ponds that attract birds and wildlife. US Highway 93 passes right along the edge...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank CrankingChick
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2 September 2017|
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Response from lenixadvisor | Reviewed this property |
It's nature. I don't consider there to be a 'busy season'. It's not like people are crowding these trails and scenic vistas en masse like they do outside an Apple Store before a new iPhone is released. I went in October of... More
Paige B
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Response from norman v | Reviewed this property |
It is never busy. If there are three cars there; that's the most in days. Only takes a few minutes to see the beautiful new visitor center and several information signs outside. It does not have to be open for you to see... More