Desert National Wildlife Complex
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1936 to protect 1.5 million acres of the Mojave Desert in southern Nevada. It is the largest national wildlife refuge in 48 of the states, with six major mountain ranges. There is plenty of area to explore with your luxury car rental here.
There are four parts of the Desert National Wildlife Complex which you can visit with your luxury car rental:
- Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
- Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
- Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
- Amargosa Pupfish Station
The first stop to make with your luxury car rental is at the Corn Creek Field Station, about a 23 mile drive north of Las Vegas with your luxury car rental. There is a four mile gravel road to Corn Creek. Before traveling through the range you should stop here to check your fuel, water, spare tire, and other essential things to make it through the desert. You should also let the rangers know your travel plans in case anything should happen to you.
One of the main goals of the Wildlife Complex here is to protect the bighorn sheep found in the desert, however there are many other wildlife species found in this environment. Plant communities are also found here, varying with altitude and climate. Many of these species can be seen as you drive down Morman Well Road with your luxury car rental. The desert shrub community is composed of creosote bush and white bursage in the hottest areas of the desert. At a higher altitude there are black-brush and Joshua trees. Even higher there are Ponderosa pines and white fir.
There are many fun things to do at the Desert National Wildlife Complex. You can camp, hike, backpack, and ride horses all day long here. Birdwatching is also another popular activity in the park and can be enjoyed all year long. A bird list is available at the field station or online. There is limited hunting for the bighorn sheep here as well during certain times of the year.
Endangered & Protected Species
One of the reasons to come here with your luxury car rental is to hopefully get a glimpse of one of the endangered or protected species in the park.
Endangered: Southwestern willow flycatcher, Moapa dace
Threatened: Bald eagle, Desert tortoise, Peregrine falcon
These species were chosen because of the smaller numbers in the area and the goal is to raise the species to a sustainable level again. You can help contribute to their survival by respecting the land when you visit.