Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Amargosa Valley: Hours, Address, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
A favorite spot for landscape and wildlife photographers, this refuge provides recreational facilities such as boating, hiking, camping and viewing historical sites.
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The area
Address
610 E Spring Meadows Rd, Amargosa Valley, NV 89020-1524
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Mark S
Henderson, NV5 contributions
What a beautiful desrt surprise
Mar 2021
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 didn't look like much at first. We walked out on the boardwalk and when we got out to the spring, we were amazed to see the beautiful clear spring pool and stream. It's beautiful and so surprising. The road in is gravel and a bit rough, but passable for any car.
Written 9 June 2021
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noworries2000
Federal Way, WA778 contributions
Beautiful, But Rough Road
Apr 2021
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 desert wildlife. I visited while returning from a trip to Death Valley, and was so glad I stopped and spent a few hours here. I had the whole place to myself for hours. I walked around the marshes and saw plenty of birds, and then hiked the Point of Rocks Boardwalk and just enjoyed the peacefulness. The boardwalk is a very easy walk and is wheelchair accessible for much of it. This little oasis in the desert is home to some rare species of fish, as well as many birds and big game like desert bighorn sheep. I sat and enjoyed a late evening snack and just cherished the beauty of this little spot. Well worth a couple of hours of your time, but I wish they would regrade the roads - they are in bad shape. Take whatever food or water you need with you - there are no services available in the area at this time. There are some outhouses available, but no modern toilets since the visitor center is stil closed.
Written 8 May 2021
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Margot R
2 contributions
Quicksand at Crystal Reservoir shore
May 2021 • Couples
I fell into quicksand today on the shore of Crystal Reservoir. Be careful! There was no visual cue. The quicksand looked just like solid ground before I stepped in and, in one second, sank up to my thighs.
Written 3 May 2021
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VillagerRick
The Villages, FL751 contributions
Nice Park Bad Roads
Apr 2021 • Couples
We thought the crumbling asphalt entrance road was in disrepair, but we were not happy when we reached the park and found the gravel roads were all washboard - they post speed limits in the park, but we had no issues staying under the posted speed. This would not be much of an issue, but the things we wanted to see (everything) is so spread out - not much is on the way to something else.

That said, we found this park to be a true gem. If you are limited for time, the Crystal Boardwalk Loop should not be missed - the sound of rushing water next to the boardwalk was soothing. Second favorite was Point Of Rocks - up close and personal with some pupfish. We were underwhelmed seeing Devils Hole - not worth the drive, or the walk. Note: the Visitors Center is still closed.
Written 21 April 2021
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rhopper276
Las Vegas, NV194 contributions
We had the place to our selves for 2 hours!
Apr 2021
Arrived at 6:15am on a day in mid April 2021. We never saw another person in the first 2 hours we were there. Left to go have breakfast. Came back around 11am and still only saw a few people. SO quiet and peaceful at sunrise. We started at Crystal Reservoir for sunrise. Beware of the shoreline at the resevoir. If it's wet and your feet start to sink, turn back. We saw many discarded socks from people that had clearly lost their shoes to the muck. Or at least they decided to not keep their socks caked with mud/clay. I was surprised that there were so few birds in the reservoir. I went mid April hoping to see large numbers of birds that I'd heard about. We see way more birds at the Henderson Bird Viewing preserve near Las Vegas. Maybe the birds are late or moved on early this year. Either way, it was a beautiful day so we enjoyed the peace at the reservoir and the boardwalk at the visitor center between 6:15 and 8:15am. Longstreet Cabin and Spring made our trip feel full circle as we had just spent the night at the Longstreet hotel nearby and had read the story there about Mr. Longstreet.
Written 12 April 2021
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robin818
Walhalla, SC37 contributions
Nice place to get a little exercise
Mar 2021
This is a nice refuge that has a various types of landscapes to explore. It's a great place to get out and stretch your legs if you are driving to Death Valley.
Written 6 April 2021
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Gary
Culver City, CA2,479 contributions
An oasis in the desert
Feb 2021
This is such a surprising place to find in the middle of nowhere. And there are many different places to explore.

The visitor center is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

For me the highpoints were visits to the Crystal Reservoir, the Devils Hole (were the pupfish live) and walking the boardwalk at Point of Rocks. The Point of Rocks boardwalk is amazing in that it is very remote and quiet and all you hear is the flow of water in the marshes adjacent to the boardwalk as you walk.
Written 6 March 2021
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siouxsy
Tustin, CA1,082 contributions
Great little refuge
Feb 2021 • Friends
We wanted to see the spring water pond so headed for the visitor center. Visitor center was closed but the restrooms were open. The pond was a short distance walk on planked path that looped behind the visitor center. Definitely worth the trip. It was so peaceful and beautiful. Also a nice covered picnic area right by the parking lot
Written 12 February 2021
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socal586
Lakewood, CA384 contributions
Great wildlife area
Dec 2020
Came here in Dec. and was very nice area. Great for learning about endangered species in the area. Nice boardwalk around the visitor center. Visitor center was closed due to co-vid.
Written 24 January 2021
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D M
Pennsylvania10 contributions
An oasis..........literally
Mar 2020
We winter in Pahrump and yearly we take a little trip to Ash Meadows. A very interesting area with for starters a truly excellent visitors center. Go visit, you'll enjoy. Your vehicle will get dust, but it will wash.
Written 23 January 2021
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