Explore the Refuge on our 9-mile Wildlife Drive self-guided auto route to see deer, bison, raptors, song birds and more!
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.
Take a closer look at the Refuge before your visit by watching our short video
Volunteer For Wildlife!
Explore the many exciting volunteer opportunities available at the Refuge.
Hours of Operation
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). Please note the Discovery Room will be closed Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, February 1 to repair the heating and cooling unit in the ceiling. We apologize for any inconvenience. Some of the activities from the Discovery Room will be available in the Visitor Center lobby. The Visitor Center will remain open during repairs with hopefully minimal disruption to our visitors.Thank you for your patience! Call 303-289-0930 for more information. We hope to see you at the Refuge soon!
About the 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.
Learn more about the complex
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
February's nature programs offer something for everyone! Learn about the secret life of owls and see a live great-horned and eastern screech owl on Saturday, February 7 from 10 - 11 am. Looking for something new to do with your toddler? Join us for our Wild Valentine program where we discover and act out how wildlife uses song, dance and games to attract a valentine on Thursday, February 12 from 10 - 11 am. Kids, are you interested in learning more about animals tracks or bird banding? Try our Who's Tracking Who program on Saturday, February 21 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Bird-ology on Saturday, February 28 from 10 - 11:30 am. All programs are FREE and require a reservation by calling 303-289-0930. Space is limited.
Thank you to all photographers that submitted an entry to the fourth annual Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Amateur Photo Contest and thank you to the public for your enthusiasm and votes! The top three winners will have their photographs turned into postcards in January and available for sale at Nature’s Nest Books and Gifts located inside the Visitor Center.
First Place: Sheri Whala, for her raccoon photo titled "You Can't See Me"; Second Place: Pete Goonis for his black and white bison photo titled "Buffalo on the Hill"; Third Place: Michelle Postma for her photo of a bison and downtown skyline titled "Headin' to Town". Click on the link below view the winning photographs.
Congratulations and we look forward to the 2015 photo contest!
2014 Photo Contest Winners
Explore the new, winter seasonal activities, crafts and hand-on displays in the Discovery Room. Learn to identify animal tracks, make a coyote mask, create a bald eagle craft, or enjoy seasonal stories and puppets. The Discovery Room is open during Visitor Center hours. Please note the Discovery Room will be closed Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, February 1 to repair the heating and cooling unit in the ceiling.We apologize for any inconvenience. Some of the activities from the Discovery Room are available in the Visitor Center lobby. The Visitor Center will remain open during repairs with hopefully minimal disruption to our visitors. Thank you for your patience!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Include in the subject line Wild News.Wild News Nature Programs
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was established, in part, to protect our national symbol, the bald eagle.
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: Jan 23, 2015