Plan Your Visit

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Visiting the Refuge

Be sure to stop by Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge the next time you're in Northwest Colorado. Located in a remote valley between Diamond and Cold Springs mountains, the Refuge provides visitors with a multitude of recreational opportunities as well as unmatched solitude.

Visitors at Refuge Headquarters 216 x 162Due to the remote nature of the Refuge, visitors are encouraged to bring extra supplies including water, food, and fuel in case of emergency. Cell phone coverage is sporadic at best in this area and should not be counted on in times of emergency. If you are planning on being in this area for an extended time, Refuge staff suggest notifying a friend or family member of your location in case you need to be contacted in an emergency.

The Refuge contains accessible facilities at Hog Lake hunting blind and fishing pier; and at the Spitzie overlook.


Visitors to Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge will find spectacular scenery in a remote wilderness setting. To maintain this wilderness experience, facilities and commercialism are limited. Recreation off the established roads involves non-motorized or non-mechanical means of transport. This approach provides wildlife and wildland viewing and enjoyment opportunities in an uncrowded setting. Restrictions are also minimized, and visitors are free to hike cross-country or follow any of numerous trails created by big game. All visitors are encouraged to use good wildlife viewing practices and ethics, especially when viewing species sensitive to human disturbance.

Other information that you will need or find useful is contained in other Refuge brochures, available on request from the Refuge.

If you have specific questions, please contact the Refuge Office at 970-365-3613



Two primitive campgrounds are maintained within the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. Crook campground has trees, toilets, and fire rings.

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge maintains two primitive campgrounds, Crook and Swinging Bridge. Both campgrounds are just a short distance from locations which offer hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. Camping is free and space is limited. 

Crook campground is located along the southeast end of the Wildlife Drive and includes pit toilets, fire rings, boat ramp, and shade trees. 

The Swinging Bridge campground lies directly along the Green River at the west end of the Wildlife Drive. Amenities include fire rings, pit toilets, boat ramp, and a corral. 

Horses are not permitted in campgrounds overnight. Horses may be kept in the Swinging Bridge corrals if they are not in use by local ranchers. 

Camping inside the Refuge is allowed only at designated sites within these two campgrounds. Camping is limited to 14 days within a 28-day period. 

To protect the solitude of the Refuge, the use of generators is allowed between the hours of 7am to 10pm.
Campfires should never be left unattended and must be completely extinguished prior to your departure. Please bring your own firewood. Firewood collection within the Refuge is prohibited. 

Trash dumpsters are not provided. Campers must take their trash with them when leaving the Refuge.
Pets must be confined or leashed at all times (except hunting dogs when participating in a legal hunt).

Driving Directions

location mapBrowns Park National Wildlife Refuge headquarters is 60 miles northwest of Maybell, Colorado on State Highway 318; 50 miles northeast of Vernal, Utah over Diamond Mountain; and 100 miles south of Rock Springs, Wyoming via State Highway 430 or 70 miles via State Highway 191 and Clay Basin, Utah. Refuge headquarters is located approximately one mile east of the Colorado and Utah border on State Highway 318. Because of the remoteness of the Refuge, visitors should bring sufficient water, food, and fuel for their visit as visitors services are not available nearby.