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    A Shortgrass Revival

    The Visitor Center is showcasing Barbara Yates Beasley's beautiful wildlife fiber art through September 30, 2015.

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    Refuge Video

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

    Refuge Video

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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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  • Junior Duck Stamp Winners

    Colorado Junior Duck Stamp

    Learn more about how to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program for students in grades K-12.

    Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program

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!

Trail/Wildlife Drive Map

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

  • Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction

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    Have you Heard the News? North America’s most endangered mammal, the black-footed ferret, will be reintroduced to the Refuge in the northeast corner of the site in early October making Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge the 25th site to receive ferrets. Once thought to be extinct, it is estimated there are more than 1,000 ferrets in the wild. A one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor exhibit for two live ferrets is currently being constructed near the Visitor Center back patio and will be open to visitors in early October. Stay tuned for details.

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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.

    Wild News Nature Programs
  • Refuge Amateur Photo Contest

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    Submit your best Refuge photo for our 5th annual amateur photo contest! Entries are due by September 27 and will be on display for public voting beginning October 3 through November 29. The top three winners will have their photo made into a postcard and sold at Nature's Nest Books and Gifts.

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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 — Visitor Center - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Soaring Bald Eagle - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Bison with Calf - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Black-footed ferret at prairie dog hole © Mike Lockhart, Bison calf between two females © Rich Keen, Father and Son Fishing - USFWS, Junior Duck Stamp Winners © USFWS, Lake Ladora © Dave Showalter, Monarch butterfly © USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2015
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