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    Colorado Jr. Duck Stamp Program soars!

    K-12 students, submit your artwork up until the mid-March deadline! Here is the 2016 Best of Show painted by Marina Boiko.

    Junior Duck Stamp Program

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    Diversity thrives at Arapaho ~

    See songbirds,waterfowl,raptors,large and small mammals,and many types of plant life on the Refuge.

    Wildlife & Habitat

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    Staff work in support of their mission ~

    Working to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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    Habitat management is essential!

    Prescribed burning is just one of several tools used for habitat management on Arapaho. Here is a burn that took place during a wet May.

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Important things to know

Road & Water Conditions

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Winter snow showers and colder temperatures are currently influencing the water and roads on the Refuge. The Headquarters Entrance Road from State Highway 125 and the Moose-Goose Nature Trail Road are open. All other Refuge roads are closed. Drifted areas may exist and road maintenance on the Refuge is limited. Please use caution and check the weather. The river and ponds are frozen over. The river is within its banks.

Check on the weather at www.weather.gov

Cooperative Agricultural Agreement Opportunities

February 1, 2018 Cattle grazing

The Refuge is seeking experienced grazing permittees to assist us in the responsible management of Refuge lands in order to better maintain wildlife habitat. The opportunity to work with the livestock operators in the area also allows the Refuge to support the natural, cultural, and economic components of North Park. The application process is open through March 2, 2018. For more information and the application use the RESOURCE MANAGEMENT link on the top, right side of this homepage to access the COOPERATIVE AGRICULTURAL AGREEMENT OPPORTUNITIES link on the left side of that webpage.

Limited Draw Elk Hunt

Bull Elk

Questions about licensing or the draw for this special elk hunt should be addressed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Steamboat Springs, Colorado at 970-870-2197. BASIC INFORMATION: There is a Limited Draw Elk hunt in Units B and C during Colorado State Elk seasons 1 through 4. Selection preference is given to youth and disabled hunters. Hunters must possess a Unit 17 or 171 tag in addition to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife selection letter for Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Selected hunters are required to attend a pre-hunt meeting at the Refuge prior to participating in the hunt.

Auto Tour Favorites!

Celebrities of the Auto Tour


From May to September when the ponds are filled these popular water birds can be easily observed: pintails, ruddy ducks, American avocet, and Wilson's phalarope!

Learn about birds found on Arapaho NWR

About the Complex

Arapaho NWR Complex

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Arapaho NWR 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