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.
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
Diversity thrives at Arapaho ~
See songbirds,waterfowl,raptors,large and small mammals,and many types of plant life on the Refuge.
Wildlife & Habitat
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.
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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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 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.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
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.
Learn more about the NWRS
Important things to know
- March 22, 2017
Spring snow/sleet/rain showers and warmer temperatures are currently influencing the water and roads on the Refuge. All roads are closed except the Headquarters Entrance Road from State Highway 125. 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 are opening up. The spring run off has begun and the river is running out of its banks. Check on the weather at www.weather.gov
- March 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!
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.
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.
Shiras' moose were reintroduced to the North Park area in 1978 and have thrived ever since. Fifteen to twenty individuals may be found on the Refuge in spring, summer and early fall.
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