Just 12 miles northwest of downtown Denver, this urban Refuge is home to more than 120 species of birds, coyotes, red fox, beaver, turtles, deer, and more! Come hike the landscape, and listen to and observe the wonders of nature.
Explore Two Ponds in a variety of ways!
- Wildlife viewing
- Photograph wildlife and landscapes
- Environmental education programs for kids
- Nature programs
- Service projects available throughout the year
- Visiting the Refuge is FREE!
Location and Contact Information
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge provides a natural oasis with native wildlife and plants in an urban setting. It offers beautiful views of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, with a network of trails meandering through prairie grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands. This 72-acre Refuge is managed to restore and preserve native prairie ecosystems, protect habitat for migratory and resident wildlife, and provide wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities for all ages.
What We Do
Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which ais established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species.
At Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge we are working continuously to ensure that our natural resources are conserved for current and future generations to enjoy.
By taking a short walk on the trails you may encounter sparrows, hawks, woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, magpies, warblers, waterfowl, and herons. As the seasons change so does the landscape and its animal inhabitants. The Refuge has more than 120 bird species, 22 species which nest here.
Each year the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge provides valuable habitat and resting points along flyways for native and non-native birds. The various ecosystems present throughout the Refuge support a great diversity of bird species which in turn helps to ensure their conservation.
Coyote, red fox, muskrat, raccoons, beaver, deer, and several species of small mammals are observed at the Refuge.
- Red-winged Blackbird
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Bald Eagle
- Mule Deer
The Refuge is home to more than 120 species of wildlife, including the bald eagles, ground-nesting birds, deer, raptors, waterfowl, and more