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Browns Park
National Wildlife Refuge

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge provides a wildlife oasis in an otherwise semi-arid environment.
1318 Hwy 318
Maybell, CO   81640
E-mail: brownspark@fws.gov
Phone Number: 970-365-3613
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Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge provides a wildlife oasis in an otherwise semi-arid environment.
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Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1963 to provide habitat for migratory birds and to provide for suitable wildlife-dependent recreation. The Green River, the life blood of the Refuge, runs through the heart of its 13,455 acres.

Plants such as the threatened Ute's ladies tresses orchid and hundreds of species of animals depend on the habitat that the Refuge provides. Migrating waterfowl stop to refuel at Browns Park NWR, wintering elk and mule deer rely on the open grasslands, and the Refuge's cottonwood forests provide critical migration habitat for hundreds of thousands of Neotropical migratory songbirds. The shrublands also provide critical habitat for several species of concern including the loggerhead shrike, sage grouse, sage sparrow, sage thrasher, and Brewer's sparrow. Last, the Green River provides habitat for wintering bald eagles, nesting osprey, river otters, beaver, and the endangered Colorado pikeminnow.

Getting There . . .
Browns Park NWR is extremely remote, 92 miles away from the nearest town with services. Be sure to bring extra water, food, and clothes. Cell phone coverage is not reliable away from town. Check your spare tire for proper air pressure.

From Craig, Colorado, travel west on Highway 40 to the town of Maybell. About ½ mile to the west of Maybell, turn west onto Highway 318. The Refuge visitor contact station and office are about 63 miles from Maybell.

From Rock Springs, Wyoming, travel south on Highway 430. It is about 56 miles on pavement to the Colorado state line, where the road turns to an improved, all-weather dirt road (County Road 10). Travel about 22 miles on County Road 10 until you reach pavement (Highway 318). Turn west on Highway 318 and travel about 20 miles to the Refuge's visitor contact station and office.

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Wildlife and Habitat

The riparian habitats along the Green River, Vermillion Creek, and Beaver Creek are made up of cottonwoods, buffaloberry, willows, and many other plants that depend on reliable water supplies.

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Remains from prehistoric settlements of the area that is now Browns Park NWR have been found during cultural resource studies.

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Management Activities
Habitat management is the most important activity on the Refuge. The seven wetland units are actively managed through water manipulations to provide habitat for waterfowl, geese, and numerous other birds dependent on wetlands. Other important management activities on the Refuge include invasive plant species control, vegetation monitoring, cottonwood restoration, and prescribed burning.

The Refuge also conducts monitoring surveys for numerous wildlife species throughout the year. Volunteers and seasonal technicians accomplish much of the field work during the summer, which includes an active interagency fire management program.

Opportunities for visitors on the Refuge are enormous. Ongoing and future projects include improving the wildlife drive and directional signage; development of new brochures; designing interpretive signs about Refuge management, habitat, and wildlife; and increasing environmental education and interpretation opportunities.