Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

July 26, 2012


Sherry James, (303) 289-0659 (O); (303) 887-3961 (C)
Leith Edgar, (303) 236-4588;


Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to Temporarily Close for Public Visitation


Deer at Denver's Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Visitor Center will be closed to all public activities and visitation beginning Monday, August 20 through Friday, September 21, 2012 to support the expansion of a monitoring project on U.S. Army-owned land located in the central portion of the site.  During this project, eight additional groundwater wells will be drilled around a former remedy project to provide supplemental monitoring for long-term care of the area. This temporary closure far exceeds the safety requirements but helps ensure the public knows that safety is a top priority.

Additionally, this temporary closure will allow Refuge staff to conduct necessary operations and maintenance on the Refuge and inside the Visitor Center, which would alleviate any public inconvenience should the work have been completed during regular visitation hours.

Upon completion of this project, media notification will be provided announcing a date when public visitation will resume.  For additional information please visit the Refuge’s website at

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