Virtual Guidebook to Las Vegas and Southern Nevada
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
between Death Valley and Las Vegas Nevada


The Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was created to protect a cluster of freshwater springs - the source of the Amargosa River. This is an area notable for its biodiversity, especially the limited habitats of the springs themselves. Three endangered fish species survive here, including the Ash Meadows pupfish.

These critical habitats were almost obliterated by development in the 1960's and 70's, first for agriculture then subdivision for housing, but restoration has been undertaken and the land is recovering.



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Kings Pool, restored habitat at Ash Meadows

(March 22, 2009)


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Point of Rocks ridge above Kings Pool and pupfish holding ponds

(March 22, 2009)


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Abandoned well and ditch that at one time almost destroyed the habitat at Kings Pool

(March 22, 2009)


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Boardwalk through sensitive habitat at Crystal Spring, Ash Meadows

(March 22, 2009)


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The clear stream coming from Crystal Spring at Ash Meadows

(March 22, 2009)


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Beautiful Crystal Spring in Ash Meadows

(March 22, 2009)


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Crystal Spring from the nature trail boardwalk at Ash Meadows

(March 22, 2009)


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