|Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge|
Paiute Indians named this oasis of lakes and marshes “a place of many water.” Dikes bordering North Marsh and Upper Lake offer easy viewing.
Valley of Fire State Park
|Description: This ancient sandstone valley, colored in hues from vermillion to gold, features a fantastic array of pinnacles, caves, domes, and arches. Scan the cliffs near the west entrance for desert bighorn sheep. Washes and canyons throughout the park are dotted with creosote bush, brittle brush, and beavertail cactus.
Look at the base of the plants for desert iguanas and Gila monsters. Rocky areas are preferred by desert-banded geckos, collared lizards, Great Basin whiptails, and chuckwallas. Desert tortoises, sometimes visible in late spring and early fall, burrow in sandy washes and dunes. Golden eagles, turkey vultures, and red-tailed hawks can be seen soaring; ground squirrels and antelope ground squirrels appear everywhere. Equally visible are ravens, roadrunners, sage sparrows, house finches, and several wren species.
Wildlife to Watch: Best time to visit is October through May. Good views of bighorn in fall and winter. Good viewing of predators and small mammals year-round. Birds of prey common in spring and fall. Best reptile-viewing spring through fall. Look near visitor center for desert iguanas and chuckwallas. Many trails. Outstanding Indian petroglyphs. Spring wildflowers. Some barrier-free facilities.
Special Tips: VERY HOT WEATHER; COME PREPARED.
Size: 38,000 acres
Closest Town: Overton
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing: