Desert Wildlife Viewing

Where To Go


There are more than 450 national wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in an effort to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife, including their habitats. The National Wildlife Refuge System consists of over 90 million acres throughout the U.S.

Wildlife refuges offer unique opportunities for the public to observe and view plants and animals in their natural habitat. They are also a good place to learn about ecosystems, endangered species and the special adaptations of desert life.

 Wildlife Refuges & Preserves

Below is a list of links to DesertUSA articles and some parks. For more information on desert wildlife viewing at a specific park or location, visit Places To Go.

Many people find viewing wildlife at night to be a particularly beautiful and compelling experience. Here are some articles to let you know how to do that:

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