Ash Meadows I – An Oasis

The last nature stop on our US road trip turned out to be one of the most fascinating places we went. I had come across a flyer for this wildlife refuge by chance and it had sounded like a nice pit stop. Little did we expect that Ash Meadows would be this beautiful tranquil oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge, as its full name is, was bought by The Nature Conservancy  (a non-profit conservation organisation)  in 1983 in order to protect the land. It spreads across 13,320 acres and has numerous clear blue ponds and small pebbled streams thanks to the underwater Amargosa River flowing through the habitat. Most importantly, however, Ash Meadows is home to over 24 plant and animal species which can be found nowhere else in the world.

It is simply a wonderful and somewhat magical place to be – maybe because it isn’t that well known and as it is such a peaceful place (we actually were the only visitors when we were there which had not happened in any other place on the trip before).

In this post, I would simply like to share a few of my impressions of the place with you before telling you a bit more about its most prestigious indigenous species next time.

The board walk leading into Ash Meadows
The boardwalk leading into Ash Meadows.

A bold Black Tailed Jackrabbit Lepus californicus showing itself in the broad daylight.

If you’d like to read more about the Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge have a look here:


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