Refuge Opening Planned for Summer 2018
Visitor facility design is underway and the Refuge hopes to open Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Summer 2018.
Xeric tallgrass prairie
Remnants of this rare habitat are preserved at the Refuge.
Historic Lindsay Ranch
The area known as the Lindsay Ranch was once part of the 1800s homestead era.
Preble's meadow jumping mouse
The Refuge is home to the Preble's meadow jumping mouse, which is listed on the federal threatened species list.
Join us on Thursday, May 25 and June 22 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am to explore the wildlife, birds, and plants of the Refuge. Please be comfortable hiking up to 3 miles. Call 303-289-0930 to make a reservation, space is limited.
About the Complex
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge: A Prairie Refuge at the Foot of the Rockies
Rocky Flats is managed as part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex.
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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.
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Established in 2007, Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 5,000-acre Refuge has striking mountain vistas and rolling prairie grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands. It is home to 239 migratory and resident wildlife species, including prairie falcons, deer, elk, coyotes, songbirds, and the federally threatened Preble's meadow jumping mouse. A portion of the Refuge contains rare xeric tallgrass prairie, providing habitat for a variety of wildlife and serving as an important natural and conservation resource.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hosted Sharing Session 3 on February 22, 2017. Agenda items included a Refuge update, sharing designs for the multi-use building, and a presentation on interpretive exhibit concepts. Click on the link below to view the presentation materials.Click here for presentation materials
We need to build visitor facilities such as a multi-use building, trails, parking areas, and signs before opening Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge to visitors. It is anticipated that construction of visitor facilities will begin this winter. Once the infrastructure is in place, Refuge staff hopes to open the Refuge to visitors in Summer 2018.Learn More
The Rocky Mountain Greenway will connect Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and Rocky Mountain National Park via Two Ponds and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuges.Learn More
Xeric Tallgrass Prairie
Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge was established in part to preserve and protect more than 630 species of plants, as well as the rare xeric tallgrass prairie.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Rocky Flats and Lindsay Ranch © Dave Showalter, Xeric Tall Grass © Dave Showalter, Preble's meadow jumping mouse © USFWS, Lindsay Ranch Barn © Dave Showalter, Elk © Dave Showalter, Lindsay Ranch © Michael Mauro
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017