Amargosa Valley nv

Amargosa Valley

Alluring Amargosa Valley, NV is a historic community on the southern Nevada-California border in sprawling Nye County. Flanked by Yucca Mountain and the Funeral Mountains, and named for the Amargosa River, Amargosa Valley is close to majorly popular destinations, including Death Valley National Park, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, and Big Dune, making it an ideal overnight base camp on your Death Valley Rally road trip.

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Desert delights on the edge of Death Valley

Amargosa Valley: Parks, Pupfish & Places to Play

Located in sunny southern Nevada, Amargosa Valley stretches 17 miles from the junction of US-95 and NV-363 all the way to the Nevada-California border. The cluster of businesses at its northern tip—the Area 51 Alien Center truckstop, Amargosa Castle truckstop, and Alamo Fireworks Megastore—serve motorists cruising the Free-Range Art Highway (US-95), while its southern tip is a prime overnight stop for travelers road tripping Death Valley Rally, as it’s only about 25 minutes to Death Valley National Park’s east entrance. Local attractions that make Amargosa Valley a destination unto itself include the popular five-square-mile Big Dune OHV area and stunning Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge—home to the rare, endemic Devils Hole pupfish. If you’re wondering, “How far is Amargosa Valley from Las Vegas,” the answer is: only about 1.5 hours.

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Central

Average Temperatures

Summer

100°F

38°C

66°F

19°C

Fall

81°F

27°C

42°F

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Winter

61°F

16°C

32°F

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Spring

79°F

26°C

46°F

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Amargosa Valley History

People have been in Amargosa Valley for a long time, as evidenced by ancient campsites dating back at least 10,000 years to the last ice age, when mammoths, dire wolves, and saber-toothed cats roamed the region. Later, the Southern Paiute and Western Shoshone peoples lived in the region, following seasonal plants and game. 

In the 1870s, ranchers moved in to supply nearby mines, but the decline of the latter led to the abandonment of the valley for a generation by just about everyone—except Jack Longstreet.

Jack Longstreet Cabin Today
Jack Longstreet and wife Fannie

In the 1890s, seeking to leave some sordid past chapters behind, the Legendary Nevadan gunslinger, trailblazer, miner, and gambler homesteaded in Ash Meadows, near the spring that now bears his name.

In the 1950s, the U.S. government opened the area to settlers (especially new employees of the nearby Nevada Test Site), paving the way—although not literally for quite some time—for modern development, and the population slowly swelled. In 1982, boundaries were drawn up for a “town” to be established. Originally called Lathrop Wells, Amargosa Valley is now the second-largest unincorporated community in the entire nation, covering a whopping 480 square miles.

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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Things to Do in and Around Amargosa Valley

If you’re into wildlife, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge has you covered. This literal oasis in the Mojave Desert is the only place you’ll find 27 rare species of plants and animals—the highest concentration in the country—across its 23,000 acres of desert uplands, lush wetlands, and sapphire spring-fed pools. The star of the show is Devils Hole—a disjunct portion of Death Valley National Park—and its resident Devils Hole pupfish, which, with a population somewhere south of 200, is the world’s rarest fish. Throughout the refuge, an array of interpretive trails and boardwalks carries you through the stunning landscape, including to Jack Longstreet’s cabin.

Amargosa Big Dune Recreation Area

The Amargosa Desert, one of several Nevada locales where visitors can see and climb around on sand dunes, is home to BLM-managed Amargosa Big Dune Recreation Area, a staggering formation of sand dunes towering 300 feet over the surrounding landscape. While anyone can visit Amargosa Valley Sand Dunes, it’s most popular with off-roaders looking to send it in the sand. 

Travel Nevada Pro Tip

Want a dose of Weird Nevada? Don’t miss Big Bovine, the two-story cow inviting photo-ops in front of the Longstreet Inn, where delightfully goofy lounge singers serenade guests as a resident cat trots nightly to his own reserved table.
Amargosa Opera House

Just across the Nevada-California border in Death Valley Junction, CA, you’ll find Amargosa Opera House. In 1967, after breaking down nearby—and settling here—Marta Becket, the late proprietress of this unlikely auditorium, performed ballet and opera for more than 40 years to anyone who showed up—as well as to all the permanent spectators she painted on its walls.

Badwater Basin

And then, of course, there’s Death Valley National Park, the east entrance of which sits just 25–35 minutes southwest along CA-190. This super-close proximity puts travelers within easy range of popular park features, including Dante’s View, Zabriskie Point, and Furnace Creek—as well as all the wonders south along Badwater Rd, like Golden Canyon, Artist’s Palette, 282’-below-sea-level Badwater Basin, and beyond.

Amargosa Valley Restaurants

For a spread-out desert community of just over 1,200 people, Amargosa Valley offers more dining options than you might expect. The Longstreet Inn is most travelers’ go-to, with staples like country fried steak and eggs, burgers, and other classics from morning to night at Jack’s Café, and fancier fare in the Nebraska Steakhouse. Across the street, the Stateline Saloon offers pizza, burgers, and other pub grub to soak up their ever-flowing supply of ice-cold beers. 

Area 51 Travel Center & Brothel
Longstreet Inn & Casino

North along NV-373, you’ll find Ruby’s Store for burgers and sandwiches and El Valle for Mexican classics. At the junction with US-95, dig into classic diner everything at either Amargosa Castle or the Alien Café within the Area 51 Alien Center truckstop (named for its proximity to mysterious Area 51).

Longstreet Inn & Casino | Death Valley RV Resort & Hotel

Amargosa Valley Hotels & Camping

One of the closest hotels to Death Valley National Park, the Longstreet Inn Casino & RV Resort boasts 60 comfy hotel rooms, 51 spaces at its lakeside RV park, and solid amenities, including a swimming pool, hot tub, and casino—all open 24/7, 365 days a year. For something a little more rustic, crawl into bed at Tarantula Ranch, offering seven campsites and three glamping sites (in rugged but decked-out camper trailers) around a small family-operated vineyard (not kidding)—all on a property dubbed by Sunset Magazine and Hipcamp one of the “Best Stargazing Campsites in the West.”

#TravelNevada

Whether you’re exploring Ash Meadows, lounging poolside at the Longstreet, or doing it up in Death Valley National Park, be sure to tag your snaps #TravelNevada so we can follow and share your adventure.

[中文👇]Have you heard of Area 51? 
It’s a highly classified United States Air Force facility located within Nevada. However, it’s known for the alien fans that it’s the area heavily guarded underground lab where the government keeps and studies alien aircraft- and possibly even aliens themselves. 

I don’t know if it’s true or not. 🤣 But it’s a fun experience to explore this Area 51 alien center. They have many interesting alien souvenirs here. If you are an alien fan, definitely make a stop here. If you are not an alien fan, it’s still a good spot to take a rest before you head to Death Valley National Park. 

Check my stories for what’s look like inside! 

你有聽過51區嗎?
這是美國機密的空軍軍事基地,
但一般人聽過應該是因為外星人吧🤣
之前就很常聽到一些傳言說這裡有外星人出沒,
也是美國政府偷偷研究外星人的地方👽,
雖然不知道是真是假,
不過剛好有機會經過附近,
還是要來看看51區外星人紀念中心~,
賣超多外星人相關紀念品,
也有餐廳廁所等等,
除了外星迷會覺得有趣好玩外,
也是進入死亡谷國家公園前很適合暫停休息的場所!

可以看我限動有更多內部照喔!
While Death Valley is known for its record breaking temperatures, did you know the surrounding peaks regularly get snow? We took in the Milky Way from Dante’s View on a seriously cold morning back in March, with wind whipping and satellites streaking across the sky.

#deathvalley #dantesview #nationalparks #milkyway #astrophotography #desert #outdoors #nature #parks #adventure #experience #nevada #california
Sunrise at Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park
Alpenglow, amazing geology, colorful badlands, a full moon - just a wondrous place to watch a new day begin. One of the most amazing places to watch a sunrise in the US southwest, which is replete with incredible scenery such as this.
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End your trip on a high note. 📷: harp_dr.v
amazing does not even come close for what you find here 🙌 #deathvalley #deathvalleynationalpark #deathvalleynp #furnacecreek #deathvalleynps #californiasky #nationalpark #nationalparks #deathvalleyjunction #deathvalleybound #exploremore #optoutside #getoutside #choosemountains #liveyouradventure #adventureawaits #findyourpark #wanderlust #nevadaborder #pahrump #travelnevada #travelcalifornia #natgeo #travelphotography #travelpics #worldplaces #amargosavalley #mojavedesert #ashmeadows #ashmeadowsnationalwildliferefuge
Last light over Bad Water Basin in Death Valley.  It is amazing how the salts form polygon ridges.  It is a unique location.
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Take a weekend road trip to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a 23,000-acre protected oasis in Amargosa Valley. This pristine area is home to 27 plants and animal species found nowhere else in the world. #NevadaSilverTrails 📸: only_in_nevada
While passing through Nevada on our way home from Death Valley, we stopped at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Ash Meadows is one of four Wildlife Refuges in Southern Nevada. The boys started the Junior Refuge Ranger program in 2019 on Spring Break when we visited Desert & Moapa Valley, and then later that summer, we stopped at Pahranagat on our way to Great Basin. They have completed the program now at all 4 refuges, finally earning their patch! 
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The pupfish in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and DVNP represent isolated species “trapped” in their habitat - former interconnected Pleistocene ice age lakes with Death Valley’s lake Manly being the largest of them all. The pupfish in the adjacent wildlife refuge are found in the carbonate aquifer flowing under the Amargosa  desert and discharging both in the meadows and in DVNP. The aquifer recharges to the NW at Yucca Mountain Nevada (extensively published on as the location was a planned high level nuclear waste depository). #pupfish #deathvalleypupfish #devilshole #devilsholepupfish #amargosa #amargosadesert #carbonateaquifer #ashmeadowsnationalwildliferefuge #deathvalleynationalpark #saltcreek #saltcreekpupfish #nevada #nevadadesert #pleistocene #iceagelakes #endangeredspecies
“Accidentally found this place on our way to @DeathValleyNPS. We had so much fun hiking around the sand dunes 🤪”
📍: Big Dune in Amargosa Valley
✏️➕📷: @azurulol #ThatNevadaLife
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