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Encompassing six major mountain ranges and seven distinct life zones, Desert NWR showcases the abundance and variety of nature that can be found in Southern Nevada, all just a short drive from Las Vegas. Created in 1936 to provide habitat and protection for desert bighorn sheep, Desert NWR is the largest wildlife refuge outside of Alaska. At 1.6 million acres (643,000 hectares), the refuge can cover Rhode Island twice - and still have enough room left over for a quarter of a million football fields. Teeming with diversity over a vast landscape, Desert NWR boasts over 500 plant species as it transitions from the Mojave to the Great Basin Desert. While Desert NWR has been home to people for thousands of years, from Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute) to ranch homesteaders, the refuge still remains largely unchanged by human hands. Over 1.3 million acres (536,000 hectares) of the refuge is proposed wilderness, and has been managed as de facto wilderness since 1974. See collared lizards sunning on rocks, hunt for tracks of elusive mountain lions, or grab your binoculars for a better look at our 320 bird species. A unique and solitary experience awaits you at Desert NWR.

hiking
1 month ago

camping
2 months ago

first time overnight backpacking! its was hard but we made it. would do it again. cheers

Was a fun trail to do. Going to do it again sometime soon. I just hope there aren't brand new "cars" out on the trail this time. And when u say cars i mean leave you Hyundai's at home.

off road driving
2 months ago

Lots of rocks on the trail, ground clearance probably more important than 4wd because of all the rocks. Great views with a nice campground in the middle.

off road driving
2 months ago

Nice trail with great views! Very rocky, and 4WD probably not absolutely necessary *when* the weather has been good, but 4WD definitely makes it a little easier on you and your vehicle. Took about 3 hours with a few stops including lunch at the campsite. Caught a nail or something in my tire about 7 miles from US93.

off road driving
2 months ago

3 months ago

Fun. Go on a cool day. It can get hot. Lots of lady bugs when you get to the peak.

hiking
3 months ago

off road driving
5 months ago

Give yourself ample time. Easy off-roading trail but lots of things to stop and see.

6 months ago

Not for the faint of heart, but f you're up to the challenge, you won't regret it.

backpacking
6 months ago

June 9, 2017 - I just got back from spending two days at the cabin. The trail to the cabin is amazing although quite rugged with loose gravel from 1" to 5" almost the whole way. Wear good hiking boots to protect your feet and ankles. The change in scenery from the desert floor to the cabin at 8000 feet is amazing. You start out in wide open desert littered with Joshua trees and end up in a forest with towering Ponderosa pines. There was a steady flow of water from the water pipe in front of the cabin. The cabin was in good shape and had lots of extra supplies, but it could use a fly swatter and some fly paper. The log books (journals) were filled so if you want to leave a message for future hikers bring another journal. It was 92 degrees at the trail head and 85 at the cabin, and 50 degrees in the morning.

I've hiked it about six times now, in every type of weather you could see up there (the last one needed snowshoes) and I've only not stayed in the cabin once. The trail is rough at first, but if you're an experienced hiker you can probably complete it in around 3 hours. This time of year you must bring a LOT of water. Overall it is a really great hike to do for a day, or a good practice hike for people wanting to get into overnight backpacking.

backpacking
6 months ago

Beware: The hike in will whip your butt. A steady incline of 2,000 feet for the entire hike up. My girlfriend and I started late afternoon and arrived right at dark, about 4 hours later. A lot of the initial couple of miles went from a mix of pea gravel to Rubik's cube sized washes. Bring a gallon of water AT LEAST. The spring was running today, but be prepared in case it dries out. Also, make sure you consume a lot of calories before the hike and bring calorie-dense trail snacks. It can be a very taxing hike if you're backpacking, especially when you're hiking in 95 degrees. Once you arrive, it makes it all so worthwhile. I loved it. Will definitely return.

Additional note: you'll drive about 18-19 miles on a dirt road so you'll definitely want some decent clearance on your vehicle, driving in.

backpacking
6 months ago

One of my favorite backpacking trails right outside of Vegas. The dirt road getting to the trailhead is very rocky. I drove the 16 miles in an Altima which was probably not the best decision and I will not do that again. Besides the road leading up to the trail, the trail is amazing. The incline stays constant traveling to the cabin (give yourself 3-4 hours to complete), but the hike back to the parking lot is a piece of cake. Did this hike late May and there was still water in the spring. Have fun!

backpacking
6 months ago

off road driving
7 months ago

Awesome trail nice easy ride, and great views

backpacking
7 months ago