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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

  • Refuge Day!

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    Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week on October 10, 2015, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm by exploring the “wild” side of the Refuge during this free, fun-filled day for the entire family! Activities include the grand opening of our new indoor/outdoor exhibit for two live black-footed ferrets – one of North America’s most endangered mammals, wildlife arts and crafts, the Denver Zoo with live animals, a migration obstacle course, and hands-on wildlife activity booths about bison, monarch butterflies, and CSI Refuge! For details, call the Visitor Center at 303-289-0930. No reservations are needed for this free event.

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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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  • America the Beautiful and Every Kid in a Park Pass

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    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: Sep 02, 2015
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