Ash Meadows

2+ hours outside of LV, on the way to Death Valley, is the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Springs fueled by the underground Amargosa River create oases and provide habitat for endangered species of desert pupfish. The lush vegetation and tropical-colored fish are a striking contrast to the surrounding alkaline uplands of the Mojave desert.

Point of Rocks Spring in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada
Point of Rocks Spring

Some of the Devil's Hole Pupfish live at the Mandalay Bay casino, of all places. Its the unnatural way to experience Ash Meadows, but it seems this is in the best interest of a rare species of only ~80 individuals.


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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, NV, USA
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