Nevada: Desert National Wildlife Refuge

A photographer colleague from LinkedIn found out I was in the Las Vegas area and asked if I’d like to join him at a local point of interest: the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

We met up with Firewall Photography at a local Walgreen’s and followed him to Corn Creek, the hub of the Desert NWR.

From the Visitor Center area, we drove the Mormon Well Road to find some photography opportunities. This road is definitely for high clearance 4×4 vehicles only. While we have been on worse roads, it can be pretty bumpy driving on this road.


We stayed in the Yucca Forest area of Mormon Well Road. The road was washed out ahead due to recent flash floods.


One of the cool sights was Mt. Charleston in the background with snow. Mt. Charleston is where all the locals go in the summer to avoid the heat…just like Flagstaff for folks in the Phoenix area.

Mt. Charleston

It was an enjoyable visit, and we’ll definitely go back the next time we are near Las Vegas. However, we’ll make sure we’re staying on the NW side – the drive to/from Lake Mead NRA was quite long when you add in road construction and rush hour traffic.


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