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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

April 25, 2018 Low April Illinois River

Spring snow showers and some warmer temperatures are currently influencing the water and roads on the Refuge. All Refuge roads are dry and open. Road maintenance on the Refuge is limited. Please use caution and check the weather as conditions can change. The river is running within its banks. The ponds are filling and there are a lot of waterfowl for viewing that are taking advantage of this.

Check on the weather at www.weather.gov

What's being seen or not!

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The mountain bluebirds have returned to North Park for milder weather and better feeding grounds. They spend winters as far south as central Mexico. Their return is always a welcome clue that spring weather is on the way!

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