Rules and Regulations

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Visitor safety and wildlife conservation are top priorities at the Colorado Front Range National Wildlife Refuge Complex. At times, sections of the refuges may be closed on short notice due to wildlife needs, weather, or special projects. The refuge manager reserves the right to close all or part of the refuges to public access at any time. The refuges are also subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. To help make your visit safe and enjoyable, please call or monitor the website for current hours of operation and alerts before visiting.

Please remember:
• Obey posted speed limits – wildlife is sometimes near or on roads.
• Protect habitat by parking in designated areas only.
• Pack it in and pack it out! Take your litter off the refuge and dispose of it properly.
• Stay on designated trails and roads indicated on the Wildlife Drive and Trails Map.
• Keep a safe distance from wildlife and do not feed them.
• Leave only footprints; take only photographs.
• Only assistance animals are allowed on the refuges.
• Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of state and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). Firearms are prohibited in all federal facilities.

It is always best to check-in at the Visitor Center and/or information kiosks prior to beginning any activity. Observance of the rules and regulations will help make the Refuge a better place for visitors and wildlife!

The following is a partial list of activities or uses that are prohibited:
• Pets (dogs, cats, horses, etc.), with exception of service animals
• Sleeping, camping, and/or overnight parking
• Discharging firearms
• Possessing or discharging other weapons (bow and arrow, air guns, etc.)
• Possessing and discharging fireworks
• Hunting, trapping, or killing wildlife
• Tampering, collecting, and/or removing any natural or cultural resource
• Possession and use of alcohol
• Possession and use of controlled substances (including the possession and use of marijuana and consumable products containing THC)
• Launching, landing, or operating a drone / unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from or on refuge lands and waters

Refuge Rules and Regulations 

Frequently Asked Questions

Code of Federal Regulations
50 CFR part 26 Public Entry and Use
50 CFR part 27 Prohibited Acts