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Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Corn Creek Field Station, Las Vegas, NV, 89124

Location: Northwest & Summerlin

Type: Hiking & Climbing, Scenic Area, Family Friendly

(702) 879-6110

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The complex consists of four refuges located in southern Nevada: Desert National Wildlife Range, Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Amargosa Pupfish Station. A wide array of additional information is available on their website to help you learn more about these refuges, their natural resources, and recreational opportunities including rock climbing at Mount Potosi. Popular activities include wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, hunting and photography.

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 1.5 million acres of the diverse Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. It is the largest National Wildlife Refuge in the lower 48 states. The Refuge contains six major mountain ranges, the highest rising from 2,500-foot valleys to nearly 10,000 feet. Annual rainfall ranges from less than four inches on the valley floors to over fifteen inches on the highest peaks.

Refuge staff work at the Corn Creek Field Station, located approximately 23 miles north of Las Vegas. This is the major access point to the range and can be reached by traveling north on U.S. Highway 95. A sign on the east side of the highway marks the four mile gravel road to Corn Creek. Before traveling through the range, visitors are advised to check fuel, water, spare tire, et cetera, and notify someone of their travel plans.

Desert Pass Campground, located on Mormon Well Road, has six primitive camp sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and tent pad, and vault toilets are available. Like most of the refuge, there is no water available, so please make sure to bring all you need.

Backcountry and car camping are also available throughout the refuge. Check with Visitors Center for more information.

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