Working toward a sustainable future for the Amargosa River and Basin through Science, Stewardship, and Education.
From its headwaters north of Beatty, NV, the Amargosa River flows underground in a southerly direction. Near the Dumont Dunes, it makes a big u-turn and heads north into Death Valley National Park, finally terminating in Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the United States.
The river surfaces in a few places, around Beatty and in the Amargosa Canyon south of Tecopa, CA. At times after large rainstorms, the entire course of the river will flow above ground.
The Amargosa River and Basin provide unique desert habitats. The greater ecological setting for the river is the Mojave Desert.
In one of the hottest and driest places anywhere, the river and nearby springs provide islands of water that support a variety of plants and animals. Often these animals are unique to the area – or endemic – meaning they can’t be found anywhere else on earth.
Visit the Amargosa Basin
From Birding to botany,
walking to off-highway vehicles
there is much to see and do
This small, endangered rodent won our hearts
We work hard to help restore their
habitat and increase their population.
Read more on the Vole page.
Who We Are
Protecting the wilds, waters,
and communities of the Amargosa Basin
and Eastern Mojave.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE BLOG
Folks, it doesn't feel like hyberbole to proclaim that our quiet little river is in a state of uproar. Believe me: I wish it wasn't so. The phrase I keep turning over in my mind to describe the Amargosa River watershed right now, and especially the Amargosa Desert...
A new era of Nevada groundwater management has begun. Here’s what it could mean for the Amargosa River.
Special report from Patrick Donnelly Amargosa Conservancy Vice-President Great Basin director, Center for Biological Diversity A new era of Nevada groundwater management has begun. Here’s what it could mean for the Amargosa River. The Nevada Supreme Court ruled in...
ACTION ALERT: BLM meeting in Las Vegas on the future of solar energy in the West, including the Amargosa River watershed
Tuesday, February 13th 5:00pm-7:00pm PST Red Rock Casino, Summerlin Room CD 11011 West Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV We are writing to alert you about a planning process currently being undertaken by BLM which could have a significant impact on the future of the...
Protectors of the Amargosa.
💧🏜A river in the Mojave Desert
🦜🌸🐟 Critical wildlife habitat
⛺️A model for ecotourism and conservation