National Wildlife Refuge
|1318 Hwy 318
Maybell, CO 81640
Phone Number: 970-365-3613
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|Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge provides a wildlife oasis in an otherwise semi-arid environment.|
Continued . . . These studies show that people were living within the current Refuge boundaries as early as 1500 B.C. Other peoples, including the Ute, Sioux, Navajo, and Shoshoni tribes, wintered in the mild climate of what is now Browns Park NWR or traveled into this area on trading expeditions.
In 1837, Fort Davy Crockett was built on present Refuge property to serve as a trading post, but it was quickly abandoned when the trapping industry collapsed a few years later. Today, evidence of the early settlers and Native Americans can be found throughout the Refuge. Three historical sites, including Lodore Hall, which still serves as a community center, and several abandoned cabins and homesteads attest to the rich history of the area.
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