Rules and Regulations

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Special regulations are necessary to protect wildlife and habitat within Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. Please familiarize yourself with the Refuge regulations, and respect the privileges of other visitors. Your understanding of the regulations will make your visit safe and enjoyable. Please consult Refuge staff at 970-365-3613 for complete information on Refuge regulations.

All commercial guiding and outfitting activities are prohibited on the Refuge. 

The Refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset. After sunset, public activity is limited to the Swinging Bridge and Crook campgrounds. The office and visitor center are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and are closed on Federal holidays.

To protect wildlife from disturbance and minimize habitat damage, vehicles and bicycles must stay on developed roads. The speed limit on all Refuge roads is 25 mph unless posted otherwise. Off-roading by any type of vehicle is prohibited.

Vehicles must park in pullouts or within 10 feet of the road. Overnight parking is not permitted unless camping in the designated campgrounds. Overnight parking for river floaters is allowed with prior approval from Refuge staff.


Camping is permitted only in designated sites at Crook and Swinging Bridge Campgrounds and is limited to 14 days in a 28-day period. To protect the solitude of the Refuge, the use of generators is allowed from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm only. Pack out all your trash. Campfires should never be left unattended, and must be completely extinguished prior to your departure. Campfires are allowed only in the metal fire rings provided at the campgrounds.


Horseback riding is permitted within the Refuge. Certified weed-free hay is required to minimize further introduction of invasive plants. Horses are not permitted in campgrounds. Horses may be corralled in the corrals by the Swinging Bridge Campground if the corrals are not in use by local ranchers.

Accessible Facilities
An accessible waterfowl hunting blind and accessible fishing pier are located near Hog Lake. An accessible overlook is located near the Spitzie Wetland.

Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32).

Firearms, Explosives, and Other Weapons
Carrying, possessing, or discharging explosives, including fireworks, is strictly prohibited. Target shooting is prohibited.

Animal and Plant Life
Collecting, possessing, or destroying any plant or animal or part thereof (alive or dead) is prohibited (except legally taken game). This includes shed antlers found on the Refuge. 

Introduction of Plants and Animals
Plants and animals, or their parts, may not be introduced or placed on the Refuge.

Historical Artifacts and Other Valued Objects
Searching for, removing, or damaging historic items, Native American artifacts, or fossils are prohibited. No person shall search for or remove rocks, stones, or mineral specimens. Possession and use of metal detectors is prohibited.

Pets must be confined or leashed (except hunting dogs when participating in a legal hunt).

Disposal of Waste
Dumping of litter, sewage, liquid wastes, or any other material on the Refuge is prohibited.