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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

Free Family Fun at Ouray Refuge!

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The 24nd annual Open House at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge/Ouray National Fish Hatchery will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free, family-friendly event will give people of all ages the chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of Ouray Refuge and learn about wildlife conservation and other subjects. Visitors will be able to touch animal furs and skulls, observe endangered fish in large tanks, identify birds through a spotting scope, play a Monarch butterfly migration game, make a pine cone bird feeder, or try throwing an atlatl (an ancient spear-thrower that was used very early in human history). Ouray Refuge is located about 30 miles southwest of Vernal, Utah on Highway 88. Call 435-545-2522 or 801-597-6907 for more information on this event.

Wildlife Watching at Ouray Refuge

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It's a great time to visit Ouray Refuge, where you can see large flocks of red-winged blackbirds, Canada geese, mallards, and sandhill cranes in the wetland areas and the Green River. Watch for large groups of geese and cranes on the Green River sandbars as you drive on the Auto Tour Route. You can also see small groups of mule deer moving through the trees near the Green River, and herds of pronghorn on the bluffs.

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

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


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