Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Nevada
The Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge is near Fallon, Nevada, and is about an hour east of Reno. It is strangely listed as a ghost town on many websites but it is actually inhabited by a variety of Nevadans such as Paiute and Western Shoshone Indians, alfalfa farmers and a cattle rancher or two from Fallon. There is a significant amount of history to the area and is a wildlife preserve for many wetland species even though it ironically borders a private hunting club. The dichotomy of Stillwater is strong. Sometimes, when the water is being released for the local farms, the area will be dry as a bone for miles and, when the water is plentiful, it is green as could be. It’s like the Kalahari Desert of Nevada.