Law Enforcement

Federal Wildlife Officers work with other Federal, State and County law enforcement personnel to make the Ouray National Wildlife Refuge a better place for wildlife, wildlife habitat, and visitors who come to experience the Refuge.

Certain regulations are necessary for the protection of wildlife and wildlife habitat as well as the safety of visitors. The Ouray National Wildlife Refuge is subject to Federal, State, and local laws and regulations.

For the protection of wildlife, habitat, and other visitors, please observe the following regulations: 

  • All plants, animals, artifacts, and other natural materials are protected and should not be disturbed.
  • Vehicles must stay on designated roads. 
  • Overnight camping and fires are not allowed. 
  • Pets must be leashed or confined. 
  • Antler shed hunting is not allowed. 
  • Persons possessing, transporting, or carrying firearms on National Wildlife Refuge System lands must comply with all provisions of State and local law. Persons may only use (discharge) firearms in accordance with refuge regulations (50 CFR 27.42 and specific refuge regulations in 50 CFR Part 32). 
  • For emergencies, call 911.
  • To report a wildfire, call the Uintah Basin Interagency Fire Center at (435) 789-7021.