The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ely District, Caliente Field Office has closed the Ash Springs Recreation Site until further notice to provide for public safety.

“Unauthorized modifications made to the pool by members of the public have undercut the banks, which could cause the rock wall to collapse,” Caliente Field Office Manager Victoria Barr said.

The approximately one-acre site, located alongside U.S. Highway 93 about 110 miles north of Las Vegas, Nev., receives 65,000-plus visitors annually. The popular site is home to the endangered White River springfish, as well as several sensitive species that include the Pahranagat pebblesnail, Pahranagat naucorid bug and Grated tyronia.

For more information, contact Chris Hanefeld, BLM Ely District public affairs specialist, at (775) 289-1842 or

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