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    A Shortgrass Revival

    The Visitor Center is showcasing Barbara Yates Beasley's beautiful wildlife fiber art through September 2015.

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    Wildlife Drive

    Explore the Refuge on our 9-mile Wildlife Drive self-guided auto route to see deer, bison, raptors, song birds and more!

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    Save the Monarch Butterfly

    North American monarch butterflies are in trouble due in part to loss of milkweed habitat.

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    Refuge Video

    Take a closer look at the Refuge before your visit by watching our short video

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Hours of Operation

Refuge and Visitor Center Hours

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The Refuge is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week and is open most federal holidays (closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)! The Visitor Center is open Wednesdays - Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed on all federal holidays). Call 303-289-0930 for more information. We hope to see you at the Refuge soon!

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About the Complex

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex consists of three National Wildlife Refuges.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal is managed as part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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General Information

  • July 4th Holiday

    The visitor center will be closing at noon on Thursday, July 2 and will open Friday, July 3 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. On Saturday, July 4, the Refuge will open at sunrise but will close at 6:00 pm. The main roads to the Refuge, Gateway Road and Prairie Parkway, will close at 6:00 pm to prepare for the Colorado Rapids/Commerce City fireworks display. The Visitor Center will be closed on July 4. Wishing you a happy holiday celebration!

  • Draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan Open for Public Comment

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting comments from the public May 6, 2015 through July 6, 2015, for the Refuge's Draft Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement that will shape the management of the site for the next 15 to 20 years. This is a revision to the previous 1996 Comprehensive Management Plan. Click on the link below to review the plans and for instructions about how to provide comments. Public meetings about the plans will be at the following locations: June 1, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Reunion Recreation Center, 17910 Parkside Drive North, Commerce City, CO 80022; June 4, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Green Valley Ranch Recreation Center, 4890 Argonne Way Denver, CO 80249; June 9, 2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Central Park Recreation Center, 9651 Martin Luther King Jr., Denver, CO 80238; June 11,2015, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Commerce City Recreation Center, 6060 Parkway Drive, Commerce City, CO 80022.

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  • Wild News Nature Programs

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    Check out our nature programs, tours, hands-on activities, news and more.Best of all, these programs are free! To receive an electronic copy, send your e-mail address to Include in the subject line Wild News.

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  • Let's Go Fishing!

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    The 2015 catch-and-release fishing season is underway on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For information about rules, regulations and permit click on the link below.

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Page Photo Credits — Three Bison - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Mule Deer in Tall Grass - © Vaughn Cottman, Kids Fishing with Refuge Volunteer - USFWS, Wildlife Viewing Tour - Ed Tagliente/USFWS, Visitor Center - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Soaring Bald Eagle - © Rich Keen/DPRA
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2015
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