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National Wildlife Refuge

The Illinois River meanders slowly through the valley, surrounded by the distant mountain peaks of three mountain ranges.  Tall willows grow in the moist soil along the river.
953 Jackson County Road #32
Walden, CO   80480 - 0457
E-mail: arapaho@fws.gov
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.
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
The Refuge staff works with local schools and organizations to promote environmental education.

Fishing is allowed only on the Illinois River in accordance with Colorado fishing regulations. Brown trout make up the majority of the fish; however, an occasional rainbow or brook trout can be caught. Fishing is challenging because of dense willow growth along the river. The Refuge is closed to fishing from June 1 through July 31 each year to minimize disturbance to nesting waterfowl.

The Refuge is open to some big game, upland game, and migratory bird hunting. All hunting is in accordance with state seasons and limited to certain units on the Refuge. Big game hunting is limited to pronghorn hunting in only two units. Upland game hunting includes sage grouse, cottontail, and jackrabbits. Huntable migratory bird species include ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, snipe, rails, and doves. Please contact the Refuge staff for complete regulations.

The Refuge has three interpretive kiosk and overlook sites that provide information on the habitat, the surrounding area, and the wildlife. The auto tour route is self-guided with a leaflet to aid in interpretation of the area. The nature trail has several interpretive signs describing management tools and the natural history of the Refuge. The Refuge visitor center is under construction, but when complete will contain interactive displays pertaining to the surrounding area and Refuge management and wildlife.

Wildlife Observation
viewing of waterfowl, water birds, shorebirds, prairie dogs, ground squirrels, pronghorn, and sage grouse. A ½-mile interpretive nature trail, which winds along the Illinois River, provides a chance to view song birds, beaver, porcupine, moose, and mule deer.

The Refuge is open from dawn to dusk, and the visitor center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm, except on Federal holidays.

Entrance Fees
The Refuge does not charge an entrance fee.

Use Fees
The Refuge does not charge user fees (i.e., hunt fees, camping fees, boat launch, meeting rooms rental fees, auto tour fees, guided tour fees, etc.).
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