Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Features

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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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    Porcupine

    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

Hunting and Fishing Update

Hunting and fishing opportunities were expanded on nine national wildlife refuges across the country in 2021. Please review our current hunting and fishing brochure at the link below for information and regulations associated with these activities.

2021 Ouray NWR Hunting and Fishing Information

Current Conditions

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Due to the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Refuge visitor center is closed until further notice. Refuge lands, nature trails, boat ramps, and outdoor recreation remain open to the public. Visit the Refuge kiosks and brochure boxes for maps and information about the Refuge. Pack food, water, and hand sanitizer when you visit Ouray NWR.

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 435-545-2522 or email us at ouray@fws.gov.

Wildlife Sightings

How Many Porcupines Can You See?

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What's that dark shape in the tops of trees near the Green River? A bird nest? A clump of leaves? A hornet nest? Chances are it's a porcupine! Many people are surprised to see these animals perched high in the trees on small branches where they eat the bark, stems, leaves, and buds. We had a recent report from a person who saw 20 porcupines in 1 day! While the trees are bare, it's a great time to search for these animals. How many can you count?

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

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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