Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.

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

2020 Fishing Season Is Postponed

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As a public health precaution, the 2020 fishing season at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is postponed for the safety of staff and visitors. A reopening date has not been determined at this time, and we will reassess by May 2, 2020. Updates will be posted to the refuge website, and on Twitter: @USFWSRMA_Alert and Facebook: @RMANationalWildlifeRefuge

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Refuge Activities

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Looking for great ways to enjoy the outdoors? Visit the Refuge! Click the link below for highlights about our 10 miles of hiking trails, our 11-mile auto Wildlife Drive to see bison, deer, hawks, coyotes, waterfowl, birds and more! Bring your phone or camera and take amazing photos of wildlife, use your phone and connect with iNaturalist, and try one of our nature scavenger hunts with your kids. There’s lots to do at the Refuge and it’s free!

Refuge Activities

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

Prescribed Burns

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Weather permitting, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will be conducting prescribed burning activities on the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge beginning Tuesday, March 17. The FWS plans to burn up to 1,455 acres over 4-5 weeks. The burns will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Smoke will be visible for several miles from the perimeter of the Refuge and people in the area may smell smoke. The purpose of the burns is to reinvigorate the growth of native prairie vegetation, reduce accumulated litter, manage efforts for weed control and improve habitat to sustain wildlife. Prescribed burns are also an important tool land managers use to reduce the risk of wildfire in the wildland Urban Interface. Interagency fire crews from the FWS, local fire departments and other federal agencies will be participating in the prescribed burns. Safety is our number one priority and every burn is carefully planned to insure the safety of the surrounding community, the public and the firefighters.

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Hours of Operation

Refuge and Visitor Center Hours

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The Refuge is open! Come out and enjoy the 11-mile auto Wildlife Drive and 10 miles of hiking trails. While hiking, practice the social distancing stagger by maintaining six feet between you and your trail mates. Trail maps and a wildlife drive guide are available at the main entrance kiosk. While our visitor center is currently closed, the Refuge is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week and it’s free to visit. We hope you enjoy the Refuge!

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.

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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.

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