Rocky Mountain Arsenal & Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuges to Reopen Today
For Immediate Release
October 17, 2013
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, located in Commerce City, and the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge, located in Arvada reopened this morning (Thursday, October 17th). Both locations had been closed during the federal government shutdown, but have now resumed normal hours of operation.
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge experienced significant flood damage in September, but with assistance from the Federal Highways Administration immediate repairs have been made to allow public access.
- All facilities will reopen including the Visitor Center (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) and the Auto Tour Route (6:00 am – 6:00 pm). The Visitor Center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but the Refuge is open every day.
- Most trails are open, but the following trails will continue to have closures due to flood damage: (1) Woodland Trail; (2) Rod and Gun Club Trail; (3) Lake Mary Loop – southern portion closed; (4) Legacy Trail – closed at washout; and (5) Discovery Trail – closed at washout. Updated maps showing trail closures can be obtained at the Visitor Center and Refuge kiosks.
- The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge fishing program closed for the season during the shutdown. The Catch-and-release fishing season is offered annually from April 15 – October 15.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Office of External Affairs
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80228