Rocky Mountain Arsenal
National Wildlife Refuge
|6550 Gateway Road
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone Number: 303-289-0930
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|The reintroduction of American bison at the Refuge marks the return of an animal that was once a key component of prairie ecosystems.|
Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR offers educational opportunities for teachers and their students all year and is an ideal setting for outdoor classrooms and field trips for students in grades K-12. An educational curriculum, "Home Is Habitat," was developed to provide urban teachers with training, resources, and materials needed to conduct teacher-led programs. Time capsules also are available for teachers to borrow and use in their classrooms. They contain educational materials and hands-on activities for students to learn about the importance of native prairie and its wildlife. Staff-guided programs also are available.
A catch and release fishing program is offered during the summer months at Lake Ladora and Lake Mary on the Refuge. Largemouth bass and northern pike are popular with most anglers. Fishing docks are available; however, no belly boats or boating is allowed. Colorado state fishing regulations apply as well as special Refuge regulations. Please contact the Refuge staff for seasonal dates, information, hours, and fishing regulations.
A variety of interpretive programs, materials, and signs are available to visitors to enhance their visit to the Refuge. A wide range of pamphlets is available, including a Refuge brochure and several wildlife checklists that include birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. There also is a "Kid's Guide to Wildlife" check list that is available for younger audiences.
Several interpretive kiosks around the Refuge provide visitors with information about trail locations, habitat, and wildlife viewing opportunities. Refuge staff and volunteers conduct seasonal interpretive programs in English and Spanish, along with brief "Ranger Talks" for drop-in visitors. The visitor center offers wildlife displays, exhibits, and hands-on activities for all ages. A live honeybee tree exhibit is one of the highlights in the Wildlife Learning Lab. A floating boardwalk on Lake Mary allows visitors to get up-close and personal to aquatic species without getting their feet wet! Special events also are held for visitors celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week and National Trails and Fishing Week.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR hosts more than 300 species of birds, mammals, and a variety of fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The Refuge is home to several golden eagles, red-tailed and marsh hawks, great horned owls, mule and white-tailed deer, prairie dogs, and coyotes. Spring and fall migrations provide spectacular viewing opportunities of great blue herons, mountain bluebirds, warblers, waterfowl, Swainson's hawks, and burrowing owls. In the summer, visitors can reserve a seat on the open-air Trolley-Tram that travels through prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats. The abundant diversity of wildlife will make binoculars or cameras a must when walking these trails or taking a tour!
Open 8:00 am - 4:30 pm every Saturday and Sunday. Closed weekdays and on Federal holidays.
The Refuge may be closed on short notice. Please call the Visitor Center at (303) 289-0930 before you come.
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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