Corn Creek Station (DNWR) – Trip Notes for 02/13/2014

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Corn Creek Station, more commonly called Corn Creek, is the gateway to the 2.5 million acre Desert National Wildlife Range. After just one year of construction, the new Visitor Center (Fig. 01) opened on December 20, 2013, replacing the primitive, open air display area and restrooms that greeted visitors in the past (Fig. 02). This new 11,000 square foot structure houses exhibits, a gift shop/bookstore, classrooms, and administrative offices for staff personnel. Even though the doors are open now, mostly on the weekends, some exhibits, as well as the exterior landscaping, are still being worked on. A walking path starts at the entrance area and leads around to the back of the building (Fig. 03), under a covered seating area, to a small, spring fed pond and shaded seating and picnic area. This pathway then continues on to the entrance (Fig. 04) of the properties half dozen walking trails (Fig. 05).
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Because we made only a short stop here after our drive to Gass Peak Road and an attempt to hike to the top of Fossil Ridge, I only took a quick walk past the pond (Fig. 06) and around the Coyote Loop Trail (Fig. 05). This northern portion of this trail passes by the “Railroad Tie Cabin” (Fig. 07), built from the ‘ties’ from the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad after it ceased operation and was abandoned. This cabin home was occupied until 1939, when the property was taken over by the government. The southern portion of this trail follows the spring fed stream (Fig. 08) that flows through and out of the new pond. (Figs. 09 & 10) are examples of some of the wildlife I spotted while making this short walk.
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