California Deserts Visitor Information

Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1941, Havasu National Wildlife Refuge is one of more than 530 refuges throughout the United States managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only national system of lands dedicated to conserving our wildlife heritage for people today and for generations yet to come. Havasu National Wildlife Refuge protects 30 river miles (300 miles of shoreline) of the Colorado River from Needles, California, to Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

To reach Topock Marsh from Needles, California, exit I-40 on the J street exit. Turn northeast and follow the signs for Arizona 95. Cross the bridge into Arizona and turn right onto Courtwright Rd. Watch for the refuge sign.

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Top Attractions in the Deserts Area

Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, Death Valley Junction
Boomers, Palm Springs
Cabot’s Pueblo Museum, Desert Hot Springs
Death Valley National Park
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
Joshua Tree National Park
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert
Mitchell Caverns
Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Wet ‘n’ Wild Palm Springs

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