Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

September 19, 2012


Sherry James, 303-289-0659 (office); 303-887-3961 (cell)

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Resumes Public Visitation


Bison with calf at Rocky Mountain National Arsenal NWR, just outside of Denver, CO. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA Inc.
Bison with calf at Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army / Rich Keen, DPRA Inc.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge has reopened for public visitation ahead of schedule following a brief closure to support the expansion of a U.S. Army project to drill eight additional monitoring wells around a former remedy project.  The Refuge’s entrance gate is now open from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, allowing public use activities to resume including catch-and-release fishing and hiking.  The Visitor Center is scheduled to reopen on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 am.

Along with the reopening, there are several new visitor opportunities that will be available in the next few weeks:

  • New programs for the young naturalist, seasonal activities, and hands-on displays will be unveiled in the Discovery Room in the Visitor Center.
  • An explorer backpack full of outdoor discovery activities will be available for families to check out.
  • Elementary school teachers can reserve space for their students to participate in new, creative field trips. 
  • Visitors can cast their vote for the Refuge’s second annual amateur photo contest beginning October 10th in the Visitor Center.
  • A new 9-mile Wildlife Drive auto tour route will allow visitors to view and photograph Refuge landscapes and wildlife at their own pace.  The grand opening of the new auto tour route will take place on Refuge Day, a free event for the entire family scheduled for Saturday, October 13th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

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