Facility Activities

The Refuge offers a variety of wildlife-related activities seasonally or year-round. Click on the activity links below for details.

Take the 11-mile Wildlife Drive auto tour in your vehicle to see the Refuge and its wildlife. Listen to the Refuge podcast along the way, which corresponds to each mile marker along the road. The Wildlife Drive takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete and is free.

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Enjoy 20 mile of easy hiking trails through grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Most trails are open year-round. All trails are accessible, except for Rattlesnake Hill Trail and portions of the Prairie and Havana Ponds Trails. Only service animals are allowed. The Refuge does not allow dogs (...

Get hooked on fishing at Lake Mary and Lake Ladora from sunrise to sunset daily from April 2 through November 30. The catch-and-release fishing season is the first Saturday in April to November 30. Daily fishing fee of $3 for anglers 16 and older. Kids 15 and under fish for free. High school and...

Biking the Refuge is a great way to see wildlife and get some exercise too! Refuge trails south of 64th Avenue and at 96th Avenue and Chambers are open to bicycles and and Class 1 e-Bikes. Parking lots at 56th Avenue and Uvalda Street, 56th Avenue and Chambers Road, and 96th Avenue and...

* Please note, the 10 and 20 yard lanes are reserved on: Saturday, September 24 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm for a Refuge drop-in learn archery program Saturday, October 15 from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm for our annual Refuge Day free event celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week...

Whether you are a beginner or an expert birder, the Refuge offers something for everyone! Did you know more than 280 species of birds have been recorded at the Refuge? Look for your fine-feathered favorites from the viewing blinds, along the trail, or take the Wildlife Drive. Check out e-Bird...

One of the most popular activities on national wildlife refuges is wildlife photography. At Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge it is one of the best ways to connect with nature. With 20 miles of hiking trails, an 11-mile Wildlife Drive, nature programs, and viewing areas the Refuge...

Free, nature programs are offered for all ages. No reservations required. Check the Events page for details. 

Kids, earn your Junior Ranger badge! Download the booklet or stop by the Visitor Center Information Desk and pick up your Junior Ranger booklet (English) (...

Schools, scouts, summer camps, and youth groups can discover and learn about wildlife through a variety of interactive and age-specific environmental education opportunities at the Refuge. It’s the ultimate open space for outdoor education with its convenient location, variety of wildlife,...

The Refuge’s trail system and Wildlife Drive offer excellent self-guided opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Wildlife viewing is at its best in the early morning or late afternoon when wildlife is the most active. Be sure to bring your binoculars or camera! Please stay...

After a snowfall, bring your snow shoes and enjoy the 20 miles of Refuge trails. Please stay on the trail to protect habitat.

After a heavy snowfall, bring your cross country skies and glide along the 20 miles of Refuge trails. Please remember to stay on the trails to protect habitat.