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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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    Guided Wildlife Viewing Tours

    Experience the sights of sounds of the Refuge aboard the comfort of our tour bus on a free two-hour guided tour. Reservations required.

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    Test Your Hawk ID

    Kids, amateurs and experts test your hawk ID skills at the Visitor Center art wall. Thank you Georgia Hart for making this exhibit possible!

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    Volunteer For Wildlife!

    Explore the many exciting volunteer opportunities available at the Refuge.

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Hours of Operation

Refuge and Visitor Center Hours

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!

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

  • Refuge Day!


    Join us at the Visitor Center for free family fun at Refuge Day, Saturday October 18 from 10 am - 3 pm celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week. Activities include wildlife viewing tours, live animals from the Denver Zoo, live raptors from the Bird of Prey Foundation, wildlife activity booths, arts and crafts, and free fishing. The event is free and no reservations are needed. Tours are on a first-come first-served basis. Call 303-289-0930 for more information.

    Refuge Day Flyer
  • Fourth Annual Amateur Photo Contest

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    Submit your favorite Refuge photo by September 28 for the Fourth Annual Amateur Refuge Photo Contest. The public chooses the top three winners. For details on how to submit a photo and voting information click on the link below.

    2014 Photo Contest Rules and Entry Form
  • Fishing Season Is Open April 15 through October 14

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    The 2014 catch-and-release fishing season is open April 15 - October 14. Click the link below for details about fishing rules, regulations and permit.

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  • Wild News Nature Programs

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    Check out our quarterly 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
Page Photo Credits — Soaring Bald Eagle - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Father and Son Fishing - USFWS, Froggy Mask Craft - Susan Drobniak/USFWS, Mule Deer in Tall Grass - © Vaughn Cottman, Sunrise on Lake Ladora - © Dennis Fluman, Kids Fishing with Refuge Voluntee - USFWS
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014
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