Refuge Activities

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  • Wildlife Drive Auto Tour

    Pick up a green Interpretive Wildlife Drive guide at the Refuge entrance kiosk or use this web link to access the guide. There’s a map in the center of the brochure that highlights the route. You will also be following a car and arrow symbol so to it’s easy to navigate your way. The brochure provides great wildlife and Refuge information for specific mile markers. This is a great way to see the 15,000 acre Refuge! Along the way watch for bison, mule deer, hawks, coyotes, ducks, birds, prairie dogs and more! Please note the drive takes about 45 minutes to complete, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, and please stay in your vehicle in the bison enclosure, which is marked by signs and a cattle guard crossing. Hiking trails are also noted in the map. Happy wildlife viewing!

  • Hiking

    Pick up a white hiking trails brochure at the Refuge entrance kiosk or use this web link for a trail map. The Refuge has more than 10 miles of easy hiking trails through prairie grasses, wetlands and woodlands. It’s a great way to get some exercise, view wildlife, and connect with nature.

  • iNaturalist

    Join in on our citizen science project using iNaturalist to help us identify the vast wildlife and plants at our Refuge complex – Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Wildlife Drive Scavenger Hunt for Kids

    Use Honker's Scavenger Hunt for kids when you take the 11-mile auto Wildlife Drive. It's a great way to keep kids engaged along the 45 minute drive.

  • Monthly Scavenger Hunt

    Click here for the Refuge's monthly scavenger hunt.

  • ABC's of Fishing Coloring Book

    The 2020 Refuge catch-and-release fishing season is from April 4 to November 30 at Lakes Mary and Ladora on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Learn more about fish through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's ABC's of Fishing coloring book. For more information about the fishing season click here.

  • Photography for Kids

    Kids, bring a camera or phone on your next visit to the Refuge. Use these Tips & Tricks to capture great photos of the Refuge and its wildlife while making great memories of your visit. Bring along this Snapshot Checklist for fun photo ideas!

  • Junior Ranger Program

    Become a Junior Ranger by completing at least 4 activity pages to earn your official Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger badge. Download the Junior Ranger Booklet and bring with you on your visit. Many of the activities can be completed outside on our trails, on the back patio of the Visitor Center, and on the Wildlife Drive.

  • Duck ID

    Migration is underway! Did you know that most waterfowl fly at speeds of 50 mph? After a long day of flying, Refuge lakes provide important feeding and resting grounds to replenish energy. Use our Common Ducks of the Refuge field guide at lakes Mary, Ladora and Lower Derby to ID the ducks you see at the Refuge and near your home.

  • Coloring Pages and Animal Masks

    Print these wildlife coloring pages and animal masks (bison and prairie dog) for fun art activities at home.