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    We appreciate our volunteers!

    From its start in 1903, the NWRS has owed its very existence to concerned citizens eager to protect our natural resources by helping out.

    Get Involved

  • Colorado Junior Duck Stamp BOS 2016

    Colorado Jr. Duck Stamp Program soars!

    K-12 students, submit your artwork up until the mid-March deadline! Here is the 2016 Best of Show painted by Marina Boiko.

    Junior Duck Stamp Program

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    Diversity thrives at Arapaho ~

    See songbirds,waterfowl,raptors,large and small mammals,and many types of plant life on the Refuge.

    Wildlife & Habitat

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    Staff work in support of their mission ~

    Working to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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    Habitat management is essential!

    Prescribed burning is just one of several tools used for habitat management on Arapaho. Here is a burn that took place during a wet May.

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Auto Tour Favorites!

Celebrities of the Auto Tour


From May to September when the ponds are filled these popular water birds can be easily observed: pintails, ruddy ducks, American avocet, and Wilson's phalarope!

Learn about birds found on Arapaho NWR

About the Complex

Arapaho NWR Complex

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is part of a refuge complex that includes one refuge in Colorado and four refuges in southern Wyoming.

Arapaho is managed as part of the Arapaho NWR Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Important things to know

  • Road & Water Conditions

    High_river_150x118April 21, 2017

    Spring hail/sleet/rain showers and warmer temperatures are currently influencing the water and roads on the Refuge. The Headquarters Entrance Road from State Highway 125, the Moose-Goose Nature Trail Road, the access roads on the east side of Highway 125 and the Back Entrance Road from County Road 31 are open at this time. The Auto Tour Road remains closed due to a washed out area at the Antelope Pond. Spring driving conditions may exist, including muddy areas, and road maintenance on the Refuge is limited. Please use caution and check the weather. The river and ponds have opened up. The spring run off has begun and the river is running high, but in its banks.

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  • What's being seen or not!

    mountain_bluebird_150x118March 21, 2017

    The mountain bluebirds have arrived here in North Park. Some early arrivals of ducks and geese can be seen from the Headquarters Entrance Road enjoying the wetland areas and ditches flooded by the Illinois River's spring run off water. Their return is always a welcome clue that warmer weather is on the way!

  • Star Party


    The Star Party is our annual star gazing and nocturnal wildlife education event held at the Arapaho NWR Headquarters. Date and time to be announced. Supervised children and young adults are welcome! This event is sponsored by the Friends of Arapaho Group.

  • Limited Draw Elk Hunt

    Bull Elk

    Questions about licensing or the draw for this special elk hunt should be addressed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Steamboat Springs, Colorado at 970-870-2197. BASIC INFORMATION: There is a Limited Draw Elk hunt in Units B and C during Colorado State Elk seasons 1 through 4. Selection preference is given to youth and disabled hunters. Hunters must possess a Unit 17 or 171 tag in addition to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife selection letter for Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Selected hunters are required to attend a pre-hunt meeting at the Refuge prior to participating in the hunt.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Reflection of snow covered mountains in pond. Photo Courtesy of Meg Van Ness/USFWS, Comet clip art. Photo Courtesy of Microsoft Clip Art, Bull Elk.  Copyright:  Scott Peckham
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016
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