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Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows
Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Overview
The 70-acre Crystal Reservoir is an interesting place to stop for a visit. The water is incredibly blue and makes you feel you are in the tropics… well, almost. The reservoir is home to wading birds and waterfowl (see pics below). It’s a great place to bring a blanket and enjoy lunch while watching the wildlife.
Swimming is allowed at Crystal Reservoir but be warned, there is a chance you can get Swimmer’s Itch. Swimmer’s Itch or schistosome cercarial dermatitis is a skin reaction caused by the penetration of the larval stage of certain flatworms that can be picked up while swimming. It is neither dangerous nor contagious but is very uncomfortable. (Source: Information from U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Location
Crystal Reservoir is located within the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, which is about 2 hours northwest of Las Vegas. Click here to view the Ash Meadow Map for detailed directions.
Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Hours
The Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge is a day-use area, which is open from sunrise to sunset.
Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows Fees
There is not an entrance fee to access Crystal Reservoir at Ash Meadows.