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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 Ferrets at the Refuge!

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    Thirty-two black-footed ferrets were reintroduced into the wild at the Refuge on October 5! Get a chance to see this endangered and nocturnal animal up close by visiting our black-footed ferret exhibit located a few steps away from the Visitor Center back patio. Meet Seabiscuit and Louise in this free exhibit open Wednesdays – Sundays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Click on the link below to learn more about the black-footed ferret and see our Wild News Nature Programs below for free programs about the ferrets.

    Learn More About Black-Footed Ferrets
  • 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
  • eBird Tracker

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    Find out what birds are currently at the Refuge using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

    eBird Trail Tracker
  • America the Beautiful and Every Kid in a Park Pass


    Every Kid in a Park Pass is a great new way to help children enjoy the great outdoors. It gives fourth-graders and their families’ free access to federal lands, including national wildlife refuges that charge a fee. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is FREE, but students can pick up their pass at the Visitor Center Wednesdays through Sundays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. We also have the America the Beautiful National Park and Federal Recreation Pass, which includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Military Pass. Please call 303-289-0930 in advance to confirm if staff is available to issue the passes.

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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: Nov 27, 2015
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