Ouray National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous recreation opportunities. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy wildlife observation and photography, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. Please observe Refuge regulations to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats.
The Refuge is open year-round during daylight hours (1 hour before sunrise to 1 hour after sunset). During the hunting season, the Refuge is open from 1 1/2 hours before sunrise to 1 1/2 hours after sunset.
Visitors access the Refuge via graveled roads and visitors must maintain the posted speed limits. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. No overnight parking or camping is allowed on the Refuge.
Hiking is allowed in all areas open to the public. Wildlife observation and photography are also encouraged. Please stay out of closed areas to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. The only closed area on the Ouray Refuge is the posted area around Refuge farm fields. This high intensity wildlife use area is closed to public entry to prevent disturbance to wildlife.
Fishing is allowed on the Green River, but is not allowed within Refuge wetlands/impoundments. All Utah State and Federal fishing regulations apply.
Hunting is permitted in accordance with all State and Federal regulations. Hunters should consult Utah State hunting regulations. Special refuge hunting regulations also apply.
Firearms and other weapons are subject to State law. At all times, persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on the Refuge must comply with all provisions of State law. Firearms may only be discharged in accordance with Refuge hunting regulations, i.e., only during the lawful pursuit of game during legal seasons.
Other prohibitions on the Refuge are dogs off-leash; off-road vehicles; and collecting of plants, animals, minerals (including rocks), antlers and artifacts.
Lodging is available in Vernal and Roosevelt, Utah.
For driving directions, please visit our "Directions" page.
For questions about recreation, please contact the Refuge office.
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Ouray Refuge provides ample habitat for shorebirds in spring, summer, and fall.