Services, Getting There
Hikes & Trails:
Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Nevada Benchmark Atlas Page 82
DeLorme Page 66
Wilderness Area Status: Agency Proposed Area
Managing Agency: Fish and Wildlife Service
Refuge Visitor Information
Elevations in the area range from 2400 feet alongside US 93 to 7300 feet immediately adjacent to the Desert Pass Campground. Although there is a small stand of ponderosa pine in the immediate vicinity of Mormon Pass, pinion/juniper woodland dominates the upper plant community throughout most of the area. A diverse creosote/yucca/cacti community characterizes the low elevation eastern portion while the Joshua tree woodland community spreads throughout the middle elevations. This Joshua tree woodland finds its best expression in the western portion of the area along Mormon Well road in Yucca Forest. The Mormon Well Road defines the west and north boundary of the area and provides access to several of the more spectacular landmarks of the area. These include the Yucca Forest, the spectacular Peek-a-boo Canyon, Desert Pass Campground, Mormon Well, and Sawmill Wash. A short, 1-mile walk from Desert Pass Campground takes the visitor to the high point of the Las Vegas Range. A more challenging 6-mile round trip hike to the summit of Quartzite Mountain awaits visitors with the skills to navigate the rugged, trackless country east of Peek-a-boo Canyon. US 93 provides access to Frozen Toe Road, Wamp Springs Road, and the Gunsight Hiking Trail on the east side of the area. The Gass Peak Road offers access for hiking Fossil Ridge, Quail Springs, and for exploring the rugged and remote southern portion of the area.
Wildlife: desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, kit fox, collared lizard, mountain lion, roadrunner, king snake, desert tortoise
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