Visitor Activities

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The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest urban refuges in the country and is home to more than 330 species of migratory and resident wildlife. Visitor activities include 20 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. There's lots to do at the Refuge and it's free! 

  • Visitor Center

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    Begin your visit at the Visitor Center, located just inside the Refuge entrance, which is open Wednesdays through Sundays 9 am - 4 pm (closed on Federal holidays). An interactive exhibit hall takes visitors on a journey through the site’s history and showcases the abundance of wildlife at the site. A colorful Discovery Room full of wildlife activities, seasonal crafts, and hands-on displays give young naturalists a whole new perspective on nature. Please note the exhibit hall and Discovery Room are temporarily closed. 

    At the Visitor Center information desk friendly staff and volunteers can answer your questions, help you choose a hiking trail, and get you better acquainted with the Refuge and visitor opportunities. Nature’s Nest Books & Gifts operated by Friends of the Front Range Wildlife Refuges is also located inside the Visitor Center.   

  • Wildlife Drive

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    Use the trails map showing the Wildlife Drive mile markers that highlight your route. Following the car and arrow signs along the way so to it’s easy to navigate. Use the Refuge Wildlife Drive podcast to learn more about the Refuge and wildlife. Along the way watch for bison, mule deer, hawks, coyotes, ducks, birds, prairie dogs and more! Please note the drive takes about 45 minutes to one hour to complete, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour, and please stay in your vehicle in the bison enclosure, which is marked by signs and a cattle guard crossing. Hiking trails are also noted in the map. Happy wildlife viewing!

  • Hiking

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    The Refuge has 20 miles of easy hiking trails available year-round through prairie grasses, wetlands, and woodlands. It's a great way to get some exercise, view wildlife, and connect with nature. There are three new perimeter parking lots for additional trail access.  

    Please be sure to pick up a Wildlife Drive/Trail Map at the Visitor Center parking lot kiosk or inside the Visitor Center before hiking the trails. A perimeter trail around the Refuge connects to neighboring communities. Pets are allowed on the perimeter trail, but only assistance dogs are allowed on the Refuge.

     

     

  • Bicycling

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    Bike the Refuge on the Rocky Mountain Greenway Trail, trails south of 64th Avenue, two northern trails, and along the Perimeter Trail. There are three new perimeter parking lots for additional trail access. For details, see the trails page and to access a trails map.

  • Catch-and-Release Fishing

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    Get hooked on fishing daily the first Saturday in April through November 30. Anglers 16 and older pay a $3.00 daily fishing fee or purchase a Refuge fishing season pass for $60. Fishing is at Lakes Mary and Ladora. Anglers must have a valid Colorado Fishing License, use barbless hooks, and no live bait. For details visit the fishing page.

  • Junior Ranger Program

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    Become a Junior Ranger by completing at least 4 activity pages to earn your official Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Junior Ranger badge. Download the booklet or pick one up at the Visitor Center.

    Junior Ranger Booklet - English
    Junior Ranger Booklet - Spanish

  • Archery

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    The Refuge’s new, FREE walk-up archery range is open! The range is open daily from sunrise to sunset. Park at the Havana Ponds trailhead on the south side of the Refuge. The range has 10 lanes with shooting distances of 10-60 yards. Click here for archery rules and details.

  • Photography

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    One of the most popular activities on national wildlife refuges is wildlife photography. At Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge it is one of the best ways to connect with nature. With more than 10 miles of hiking trails, an 11-mile Wildlife Drive, nature programs, and viewing areas the Refuge is a photographer’s paradise. Whether it's photographing deer during the rut, bison calves in the spring, waterfowl during migration, or the backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains against a big blue sky, it’s easy to capture the Refuge’s beauty through your lens.

    Please note, we are not holding the annual Refuge Amateur Photo Contest this year. 

  • Birding

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    Whether you are a beginner or an expert birder, the Refuge offers something for everyone! Did you know more than 280 species of birds have been recorded at the Refuge? Look for your fine-feathered favorites along the trails, from the viewing blinds, or take the Wildlife Drive. Check out e-Bird for recent bird sightings.

  • Environmental Education

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    Schools, scouts, summer camps and youth groups can discover and learn about wildlife through numerous interactive and age-specific environmental education opportunities at the Refuge. It’s the ultimate open space for outdoor education due to its convenient location, diverse wildlife, kid-friendly trails, specialized programming and best of all there’s no cost! For more information, see the “For Educators” tab on this website or click here.

  • iNaturalist

    Join in on our citizen science project using iNaturalist to help us identify the vast wildlife and plants at our Refuge complex – Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Two Ponds and Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.