Wildlife & Habitat

Mule Deer with Downtown Denver skyline in background

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge was established in part to protect Bald eagle nesting and winter roosting habitat. Its 15,000 acres of prairie and lakes attract raptors, migrating songbirds, wintering ducks and geese and provides habitat for a variety of mammals including bison, coyotes and deer.

  • Mammals

    Two baby raccoons

    The Refuge’s combination of short and mixed-grass prairie, woodlands and diverse wetlands support a variety of mammals.

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  • Birds

    Western Meadowlark singing while perched on a post

    More than 280 species of birds have been recorded at the Refuge. Click here for the Refuge's bird check-list.

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  • Amphibians and Reptiles

    Snapping turtle close up

    The Refuge’s wetlands and prairie provide excellent habitat for these animals.

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  • Plants

    Rocky Mountain Bee Plant in bloom

    The Refuge’s soil ranges from clay-like to sandy soil giving the site a rich variety of plant life.

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