Animals and Plants

Many species call Warm Springs home

Warm Springs Natural Area is considered an ecological isolate (or environmental island) within the dry Mojave Desert.

Home to spring-fed streams and riparian and mesquite woodlands, it attracts an abundance of wildlife including rare and endangered species, birds, fish and other aquatic life, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, as well as invertebrates. It also hosts diverse plant life.

The Moapa dace, a small, fresh-water fish can be found in streams throughout the natural area. The Moapa dace is one of six endemic species at Warm Springs. These endemic species are native and can only be found in this region of Nevada and nowhere else on earth.



Throughout the year, more than 200 species of birds visit or nest at Warm Springs, including the vermilion flycatcher and the threatened yellow-billed cuckoo. Learn more.

Moapa White River Springfish_7


Warm Springs is home to several species of fish, including the endangered Moapa dace whose protection is of critical importance to the environment. Learn more.

Coyote | Canis latrans


While exploring the area, you may come across a coyote, kangaroo rat or one of 15 bat species identified at Warm Springs. Learn more.

Desert Tortoise

Reptiles & amphibians

With more than 10 diverse ecosystems, Warm Springs provides ideal habitats for reptiles and amphibians. Learn more.

Moapa riffle beetle


Invertebrates make up the largest and most diverse number of species at the Warm Springs. Learn more.

Honey mesquite flower

Plant life

The lush vegetation at Warm Springs includes native, non-native and some invasive species.  Learn more.


Endangered, rare and at-risk species

A total of 28 sensitive species, including the endangered Moapa dace, live within Warm Springs. Six aquatic species can only be found in this region of Nevada. Learn more.