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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!

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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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    Save the Monarch Butterfly

    North American monarch butterflies are in trouble due in part to loss of milkweed habitat.

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    Volunteer For Wildlife!

    Explore the many exciting volunteer opportunities available at the Refuge.

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Hours of Operation

Refuge and Visitor Center Hours

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The Refuge is open sunrise to sunset seven days a week and is open most federal holidays (closed only 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 all federal holidays). Visiting the Refuge is FREE. Please note there is no bus stop near the Refuge and taxi service can be limited or intermittent. Call 303-289-0930 for more information. We hope to see you at the Refuge soon!

Trail/Wildlife Drive Map

About the Complex

Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex consists of three National Wildlife Refuges.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal is managed as part of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Complex.

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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.

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General Information

  • Year-Round Free Nature Programs and Refuge News

    Birding Nature Program

    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 Include in the subject line Wild News.

    Wild News Nature Programs
  • Black-footed Ferrets at the Refuge

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    Since October 2015, 54 black-footed ferrets were reintroduced into the wild at the Refuge. Get a chance to see this endangered and nocturnal animal up close by visiting our black-footed ferret exhibit located a few steps away from the Visitor Center back patio. This free exhibit is open Wednesdays – Sundays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Click on the link below to learn more about the black-footed ferret and see our Wild News Nature Programs below for free programs about the ferrets.

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  • America the Beautiful Park Pass

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    We have America the Beautiful National Park and Federal Recreation Pass, which includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass and Every Kid in a Park Pass. Passes are sold at the Refuge Visitor Center Wednesday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Please call the Visitor Center at 303-289-0930 in advance to confirm if staff is available to issue the pass. Please bring exact cash or a check for passes with a fee. Sorry, we can't process credit/debit cards.

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  • eBird Tracker

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    Find out what birds are currently at the Refuge using the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

    eBird Trail Tracker
Page Photo Credits — Visitor Center - Melissa Van Dreese/USFWS, Soaring Bald Eagle - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Bison with Calf - © Rich Keen/DPRA, Black-footed ferret at prairie dog hole © Mike Lockhart, Bison calf between two females © Rich Keen, Father and Son Fishing - USFWS, Junior Duck Stamp Winners © USFWS, Lake Ladora © Dave Showalter, Monarch butterfly © USFWS
Last Updated: May 10, 2017
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