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    Canada geese

    A flock of Canada geese land at Ouray Refuge. In spring and fall, the honking of these birds fills the air throughout the day.

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    If you want to see a prickly porcupine at Ouray Refuge, look up! One of the best places to see them is high up in a tree.

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    Northern saw-whet owl

    Close-up of a northern saw-whet owl at Ouray Refuge. This tiny owl eats mice and is seldom seen.

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    Mule deer

    Ouray Refuge provides important habitat for mule deer, elk, pronghorn, and an occasional moose!

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    Green River

    The Green River meanders through Ouray Refuge and provides cover and food for many wildlife species.

What's new at Ouray Refuge

Auto Tour Road Reopened!

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After a major habitat restoration project, high water conditions, and additional road repairs this year, we are excited to announce the reopening of the 5-mile Auto Tour Road through Sheppard Bottom. It's a great time to view wildlife in this area, including elk, mule deer, porcupine, sandhill cranes, Canada geese, and various species of ducks. Please come out to the Refuge to enjoy the wildlife sightings and sounds of fall! Please note that we may have to close the road occasionally if heavy rains or snow create unsafe driving conditions.

New Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Ouray Refuge

New hunting and fishing regulations for Ouray Refuge were recently published. For information on Refuge hunting areas, maps, and regulations download the Hunting and Fishing Regs or call Refuge staff at 435-545-2522. (Problems Printing Your Document? Download the file, place it on your desktop, then print it.). A summary is available in the Hunting section on the Visitor Activities page.

2017 Ouray NWR Hunting & Fishing Regulations
Wildlife sightings at Ouray Refuge

Bird Survey at Ouray Refuge

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The top three most common species seen during the 12/19/17 bird count were mallard (3,234), sandhill crane (2,815), and Canada goose (2,683). Other species seen during the survey were tundra swan, common merganser, American white pelican, double-crested cormorant, great blue heron, killdeer, northern harrier, American kestrel, red-tailed hawk, bald eagle.

About the Complex

Lower Green River Complex

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