Desert Tortoise Conservation Center The Desert Tortoise Conservation Center was established in 1990 to receive wild tortoises in harm’s way from development. The Center has taken in unwanted pets tortoises since 1996 in the Las Vegas area. The Center is scheduled to close in December 2014 due to funding issues. All healthy tortoises at the Center will be relocated to sites that will support the recovery of the species. Healthy tortoises will not be euthanized.
Beyond the bright lights of the Strip, the Southern Nevada District Office manages more than three million acres of Mojave Desert in Clark and Nye counties. The scenery varies from dramatically colorful geologic landforms and largely unspoiled panoramic vistas of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to remote and rugged wild landscapes of Gold Butte Back Country Byway. Recreation opportunities abound and viewing sites for desert plants and animals are easily accessible.
Whether you are a visitor or resident of Las Vegas, we encourage you to enjoy your public lands.