Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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

Current Conditions

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Due to the risk of spreading COVID-19, the Refuge visitor center and public restrooms (including vault toilets) are 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.

Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) Documents Published

October 18, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ouray NWR, has published the final Supplemental Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Thurston Energy, Two Well Proposal.

View the Supplemental Environmental Assessment Documents

Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Ouray Refuge

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For information on Refuge hunting areas, maps, and regulations click the link below or call Refuge staff at 435-545-2522. (Problems Printing Your Document? Download the file, place it on your desktop, then print it.)

Ouray NWR Hunting & Fishing Regulations

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 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

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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