• Shoshone Pupfish Habitat - Shoshone, California

      Photo by Megan Edwards
      There is an oasis tucked behind the tiny town of Shoshone, California that is home to some of the rarest fish in the world. The Shoshone Pupfish was thought to have been extinct, but over the last few years, a small group of naturalists working with the Amargoza Conservancy have nutured and built a riparian wonder after discovering a tiny Shoshone Pupfish in a drainage ditch. Today there hundreds of these little critters. Iridescent blue males defend their territories while yellow-brown females lay eggs almost daily from January to November. The largest of the pupfish are about 2.5 inches long. There is a lovely trail that meanders up to the largest of the Pupfish ponds and then follows a bubbly creek back to the road. The property owners are also working on establishing a habitat for The Amargosa Vole by restoring a biodiverse wetlands in the Shoshone Springs area.

      If you go:
      Shoshone is the gateway to Death Valley National Park. There is very cool museum in town and a restaurant, called The Crowbar. Plus, the recently renovated Shoshone Inn. Rates are reasonable and the rooms are delightful. The owners also provide Eco-Tours for exploring the desert flora, fauna and geology of the area. Guests at the inn and the RV park can enjoy a spring-fed warm pool on the property. To find the trail, look for the RV park and you will see the trail on the south side of the road.


      217 Old State Highway 127
      Shoshone, California 92384 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      +1 (760) 852-4335