Law Enforcement


Making Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge a better place for wildlife, wildlife habitat, and the visitors who come experience the Refuge.

Service Law Enforcement

Law enforcement is essential to virtually every aspect of wildlife conservation. The Office of Law Enforcement contributes to Service efforts to manage ecosystems, save endangered species, conserve migratory birds, preserve wildlife habitat, restore fisheries, combat invasive species, and promote international wildlife conservation. 

Service law enforcement today focuses on potentially devastating threats to wildlife resource-illegal trade, unlawful commercial exploitation, habitat destruction, and environmental contaminants. The Office of Law Enforcement investigates wildlife crimes, regulates wildlife trade, helps Americans understand and obey wildlife protections laws, and works in partnership with international, state, and tribal counterparts to conserve wildlife resources.

Law Enforcement on the Refuge 

Certain regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat, and for the safety of visitors. Observance of these rules will help make the Refuge a better place for visitors and the wildlife they come to enjoy. The Project Leader (refuge manager) reserves the right to close all or part of the Refuge to hunting and/or public access at any time. Specific regulations will be posted. The Refuge is also subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations. Questions about licensing or the limited draw for the special elk hunt for youth and disabled hunters should be addressed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Steamboat Springs, Colorado at 970-870-2197.  

Please obey the following signs you may encounter at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge:


Refuge boundary sign 

Vehicle, foot, or any other travel beyond this sign is prohibited.


No hunting is allowed in the area beyond this sign.


Nontoxic shot is the only type allowed at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.

Hunters at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge are responsible for knowing all refuge and state regulations which apply to their hunt:  please consult our Hunting and Fishing brochure available at any of our kiosks or visit the headquarters to consult with refuge staff.

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 Access is restricted to refuge vehicles and equipment.  


Vehicular traffic is prohibited in order to promote the growth of vegetative cover.


If you have any questions about Law Enforcement or Rules & Regulations on the Refuge, please feel free to stop by Headquarters, call our Refuge Law Enforcement at 970-723-8202 or send an email to: