Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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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.

    Click Here for Details

General Information

2020 Fishing Season


The 2020 fishing season opened on Saturday, May 2 and closes November 30, 2020. Anglers can fish at Lakes Mary and Ladora on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please be sure to practice social distancing and follow CDC Guidelines while fishing. Click on the link below for details about the fishing program, and Refuge rules and regulations. Please note the daily $3 fishing fee begins June 1, 2020.

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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

Colorado Federal Lands Access Program

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Through extensive planning efforts with our local partners and communities, we continue working together to provide and enhance access to the Refuge. We are currently constructing several trails and trailheads that will provide additional visitor opportunities. Construction is expected to be completed this fall. As a reminder, while visiting the Refuge, please watch for wildlife as well as construction equipment.

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Hours of Operation

Refuge and Visitor Center Hours (please note reduction in operating hours)

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The Refuge is open and there is no fee to visit. Please note the Refuge has adjusted its hours to 6:30 am - 6:30 pm seven days a week and is limiting the number of cars to 200 at a time. The trails and Wildlife Drive are open, the visitor center is closed. While visiting, please practice social distancing by maintaining six feet between you and your trail mates. Trail maps and a wildlife drive guide are available at the main entrance and by clicking on the link below.

Trail/Wildlife Drive Map

About the Complex

Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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


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