The calls of colorful mallards, grebes, and herons echo across the water to their newly hatched young during spring and early summer. Cottonwoods display brilliant oranges and yellows as the wetlands fill with migrating waterfowl each fall. In winter the refuge’s most majestic visitors, bald eagles, feast on the wetlands’ fish.
There are no use fees at the refuge.
Hours of Operation
The refuge is open 24 hours a day throughout the year. Campgrounds quiet hours are from 10pm to 7am.
Permitted recreational activities include birding, camping, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, and hunting. More…
- The refuge’s new visitor center will be opening in January of 2015.
- The refuge has 14 first come first serve primitive camping sites. Power, water, and dumping station are not provided.
- Vault toilets are provided in the campground.
Rules and Regulations
Due to the sensitivity of the habitat horseback riding, OHV, gas powered boats, and swimming are not permitted. Collection of artifacts and vegetation is also prohibited. Some areas of the refuge such as Black Canyon and the North Marsh are closed to visitation. Please observe posted notifications. More…
Wildlife and Habitat
Located in a region of Southern Nevada that only receives 6.4 inches of rain per year, Pahranagat NWR’s lakes, marshes, wet meadows and tall cottonwood trees are a stunning contrast to the surrounding desert. All surface water entering the refuge comes from Ash and Crystal springs which are located north of the refuge. This water flow makes it possible for the arid Pahranagat Valley to blossom with life. Five habitat types located within the refuge’s 5,382 acres provide for a stunning array of flora and fauna. More…