Features

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    Wildlife Drive

    Come explore the 11-mile auto wildlife drive loop to see bison, deer, hawks, coyotes, waterfowl, birds and more!

    Wildlife Drive Interpretive Guide

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    Refuge Video

    Take a closer look at the Refuge before your visit by watching our short video

    Refuge Video

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    eBird Trail Tracker

    Find out what birds are currently at the Refuge.

    eBird Trail Tracker

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    National Park Passes

    The Refuge has the America the Beautiful National Park Passes.

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General Information

Refuge Day, Saturday, October 19 from 11 am - 2 pm

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Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge week and Go Wild In Your Park at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge at our FREE, annual Refuge Day celebration for the entire family on October 19, 2019, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Visitor Center. Event activities include archery, wildlife activity booths, black-footed ferrets, wildlife arts and crafts, face painting, and Nature’s Educators with live raptors! Explore Refuge trails or take the wildlife drive to see bison, deer, hawks, black-footed ferrets (an endangered species), and more! All activities are geared for family fun and a great way to connect with nature! The event is FREE and no reservations are needed. Click below for the event flyer.

Refuge Day Flyer

Vote For Your Favorite Refuge Photos!

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The Refuge's Ninth Annual Amateur Photo Contest is underway! Stop by the Visitor Center through November 30 to cast your vote. Winners will be announced in early December and will have their photos turned into postcards available for sale at Nature's Nest Books & Gifts.

Wildlife Drive and Trail System

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Take the Refuge's 11-mile Wildlife Drive in your vehicle to see bison, deer, hawks, waterfowl and more! Along the way there are parking lots near trail heads to hike the more than 10 miles of trails. Click on the link below for a map of the wildlife drive and trail system. It's free and a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Refuge.

Trail and Wildlife Drive Map

Year-Round Free Nature Programs and Refuge News

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Check out our nature programs, tours, hands-on activities, news and more. Best of all, these programs are free! To sign up for a nature program please call the visitor center at 303-289-0930, space is limited. To receive an electronic copy, send your e-mail address to rockymountainarsenal@fws.gov. Include in the subject line Wild News.

Wild News Nature Programs
Hours of Operation

Refuge and Visitor Center Hours

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Visiting the Refuge is FREE! The Refuge is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week and is open most federal holidays (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). The Visitor Center is open Wednesdays - Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and all federal holidays). Contact RTD for information about bus service for route 62 located near the Refuge. Please note taxi service can be limited or intermittent. Call 303-289-0930 for more information. Refuge Address and Directions: 6550 Gateway Road Commerce City, CO 80022. From I-70 exit at Quebec Street and go north. Travel approximately 2.8 miles to Prairie Parkway/64th Avenue. Turn east (right) at Prairie Parkway and travel 0.6 miles to Gateway Road. Turn north (left) at Gateway Road. Continue on Gateway Road until you reach the Refuge entrance.

Trail/Wildlife Drive Map

About the Complex

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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