Refuge Opening Planned for Summer 2018

Proposed Trail System 3-18

We need to build visitor facilities such as a multi-use building, trails, parking areas, and signs before opening Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge to visitors. It is anticipated that construction of visitor facilities will begin this winter. Once the infrastructure is in place, Refuge staff hopes to open the Refuge to visitors in Summer 2018.


The Refuge will offer a variety of wildlife-focused visitor opportunities including hiking, wildlife observation, wildlife photography, interpretation, and environmental education. There will be nearly 20 miles of trails at the Refuge. Some of these trails will require new construction and others will make use of existing road alignments. The year-round trail system will be open to hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. Additionally, guided tours, hikes, and nature programs will be available on a seasonal basis. You can download a map of the proposed visitor facilities here.

The Refuge’s main entrance will be located along the northern boundary off of Highway 128. There will also be a trail head and regional trail connection at the east entrance along Indiana Street.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Energy multi-purpose (visitor/administration) building will be constructed on the northern boundary, near Highway 128. The building will include interpretive exhibits about Rocky Flats history and the Refuge’s wildlife and habitat. The building will also serve as a visitor orientation hub with maps and information about the Refuge and its programs and activities.

Currently, Refuge staff is leading monthly nature hikes at the Refuge. Reservations are required by calling 303-289-0930. Space is limited and participants should be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles.