Ride the Refuge

a guy pops a reverse wheeley on his bike in the desert
Nathan Grill gets a good shot at the dry lake bed — the first stop on the 40 mile route. Courtesy of Mark Duncan

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada. Photo by USFWS
Mark Duncan leads the group on the ride through Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy of Mark Duncan
Five bike riders riding on a trail in the desert
Riders can expect about 1,000 feet of elevation gain along the route. “The road and climb are very manageable, but there’s some loose, deep sand. Pay attention and choose your lines carefully,” suggests Grill. Courtesy of Mark Duncan
Left: Devils Hole is a tiny cavern that is home to the Devils Hole pupfish. Right: Two Devils Hole pupfish. Photo by USFWS
Kings Pool is one of the many freshwater springs at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge . Visitors can view the spring by walking along the boardwalk at the Point of Rocks trail. Be sure to secure your bike at the trailhead as bikes are not allowed on trails or the boardwalks, only public access roads. Photo by USFWS
a white stone cabin in a desert
An old, stone cabin built in 1896 by Jack Longstreet remains on the refuge. Leave your bike at the trailhead and take the short walk to view the cabin. Photo by USFWS
a lake featuring crystal blue water
Crystal Reservoir is a photographer’s dream landscape: Bright blue water against the desert blues and yellows. Photo by USFWS

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