National Wildlife Refuge
|953 Jackson County Road #32
Walden, CO 80480 - 0457
Phone Number: 970-723-8202
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|Meandering streams, streamside willows, and meadow habitats found at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge create excellent wildlife habitat.|
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), situated at an elevation of 8,200 feet, is located in an intermountain glacial basin in north-central Colorado. The Refuge offers several ways to enjoy the area, including activities such as fishing, hunting, wildlife observation, and photography.
Getting There . . .
To reach the Refuge visitor center and headquarters, travel 8 miles south of Walden, Colorado, on Highway 125, turn east off the highway on County Road 32 and travel 1 mile. The auto tour route is 4 miles south of Walden, Colorado, on Highway 125. Turn west off the highway to begin the tour.
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Refuge management centers around creating and maintaining habitat for migratory birds, with an emphasis on waterfowl. Numerous wetlands have been developed or enhanced on the Refuge. Water is diverted from the Illinois River and directed through a complex system of ditches to irrigate meadows and fill the wetlands. The water is then used to provide breeding, nesting, and brood rearing habitat for birds.
Grassland and upland management tools such as grazing, rest, prescribed burning, and noxious weed controls are used to promote habitat health. Rehabilitation of the willow community in the riparian habitat for the benefit of Neotropical songbirds has been a management focus in the past several years. Also, biological studies such as waterfowl nest dragging, Neotropical bird banding, and various other wildlife and habitat surveys support Refuge management programs.