Xeric tallgrass prairie
Remnants of this rare habitat are preserved at the Refuge.
Historic Lindsay Ranch
The area known as the Lindsay Ranch was once part of the 1800s homestead era.
Preble's meadow jumping mouse
The Refuge is home to the Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which is listed on the federal threatened species list.
Join us Friday, July 17, 9:30 am - 11:30 am and Friday, August 21, 9:30 am - 11:30 am to explore the wildlife, birds, and plants of the Refuge. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. Call 303-289-0930 to make a reservation for this free program. Space is limited to 10 people for each hike.
About the Complex
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge: A Prairie Refuge at the Foot of the Rockies
Rocky Flats is managed as part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex.
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About the NWRS
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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The Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2007 and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This 5,000-acre Refuge has striking vistas of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and rolling prairie grasslands, woodlands and wetlands. It is home to 239 migratory and resident wildlife species, including prairie falcons, deer, elk, coyotes, songbirds, and the federally threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse.
Large areas of the Refuge have remained relatively undisturbed for the last 30 to 50 years resulting in diverse habitat and wildlife. A portion of the Refuge contains rare xeric tallgrass prairie, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife and serving as an important natural and conservation resource.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed its Land Protection Plan for refuge expansion and land exchange. For more information continue to the Land Protection Plan documents page.2011 Land Protection Plan and Environmental Assessment
Xeric Tallgrass Prairie
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in part to preserve and protect more than 630 species of plants, as well as the rare xeric tallgrass prairie.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Rocky Flats and Lindsay Ranch © Dave Showalter, Xeric Tall Grass © Dave Showalter, Preble's meadow jumping mouse © USFWS, Lindsay Ranch Barn © Dave Showalter, Elk © Dave Showalter, Lindsay Ranch © Michael Mauro
Last Updated: Jul 08, 2015