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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

Rocky Mountain Arsenal & Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges to Reopen Today

For Immediate Release

October 17, 2013


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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, located in Commerce City, and the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, located in Arvada reopened this morning (Thursday, October 17th). Both locations had been closed during the federal government shutdown, but have now resumed normal hours of operation.

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge experienced significant flood damage in September, but with assistance from the Federal Highways Administration immediate repairs have been made to allow public access.

- All facilities will reopen including the Visitor Center (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) and the Auto Tour Route (6:00 am – 6:00 pm). The Visitor Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but the Refuge is open every day.

- Most trails are open, but the following trails will continue to have closures due to flood damage: (1) Woodland Trail; (2) Rod and Gun Club Trail; (3) Lake Mary Loop – southern portion closed; (4) Legacy Trail – closed at washout; and (5) Discovery Trail – closed at washout. Updated maps showing trail closures can be obtained at the Visitor Center and Refuge kiosks.

- The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge fishing program closed for the season during the shutdown. The Catch-and-release fishing season is offered annually from April 15 – October 15.

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

303-236-3815 FAX

www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/



Contacts

David Lucas
Refuge Manager
303-289-0350




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