Amargosa River Cover

A River in the Desert

The Amargosa Conservancy

We are here to stand up for the wilds, waters, and communities of the Amargosa Basin and Eastern Mojave.

Who We Are

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Join Us

Support the Amargosa Conservancy

Your membership supports our efforts to preserve Amargosa’s beautiful landscape, rare wildlife, and open spaces that belong to us all.


The Amargosa Conservancy works to protect the wilds, waters, and communities of the Amargosa Basin.

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.

We hope that you will find this unique place as interesting as we do. Take a moment to watch the video below and to explore our website to learn more about this amazing place and the work that we are doing to protect it.

Featured Pages
  • Join our Community

    Show your Support for the Amargosa Basin and Eastern Mojave

  • National Conservation Lands

    Read about the process behind the designation.

  • Amargosa Vole

    The star of the Amargosa Basin - Learn about our favorite local critter.