Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries will remain open to the public. Visitor Centers and other facilities, however, may be closed. Scheduled events may be cancelled. Please follow public health guidelines and avoid congregating. For more information: FWS Coronavirus Response page and call for local conditions.


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    Swinging Bridge is Open

    The Swinging Bridge is open to vehicular traffic. The weight capacity is 20 tons and the bridge is only 8 feet wide.

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    Hunting and Fishing

    The refuge is closed to hunting until the fall hunting seasons begin. Anglers are still welcome to fish the Green River.

    Hunting and fishing information

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    Wildlife Watching

    Spring is a fantastic time to view wildlife at Browns Park. Elk, mule deer, waterfowl, and songbirds are abundant.

Wildlife Sightings and History at Browns Park NWR

Current Conditions

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In keeping with guidance from the Department of Interior and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, we are temporarily suspending operations of the office/contact station, campgrounds, and public restrooms (including vault toilets) at Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. We are committed to doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our staff, and visitors. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational activities, remain open and accessible to the public. Please visit refuge information kiosks or brochure boxes for visitor information and refuge maps. We apologize for any inconvenience and will provide updates as they become available. Drinking water is not available on the refuge. Please come prepared with drinking water, food, and hand sanitizer sufficient for your visit.

Shed Antler Hunting is not allowed

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Please Be Aware! Shed antler hunting is not allowed on the Refuge. Collection of animal parts, plants, historic artifacts, fossils, minerals, etc. is illegal. If you find anything, please leave it for other visitors to see. For more information call our office at 970-365-3613 or email

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Spring Wildlife

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Some of the birds recently observed at Browns Park NWR included mallards, blue-winged teal, northern pintails, common mergansers, sandhill cranes, bald eagles, red-winged blackbirds, American robins, spotted towhees, and many other species. Visit the refuge and see the spring migration!

The Wild West

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If you're intrigued by stories of Butch Cassidy and other western legends, come to Browns Park NWR to see areas used as hangouts by famous outlaws.

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Comprehensive Conservation Plan

Comprehensive Conservation Plan (1999)

The Browns Park NWR Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) is available to read here.

Browns Park CCP

About the Complex

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Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Lower Green River 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