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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Denver Metro Area, Colorado

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  • Prairie dogs are abundant in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • The visitor center in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • The view upon entering Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Looking south from the trailhead of the Lake Mary Loop Trail.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A viewing dock on Lake Mary.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • An ADA-accessible viewing dock on Lake Mary.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A Canada goose, double-crested cormorant, hooded merganser, and unknown duck in Lake Mary.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A large group of birds in Lake Ladora.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Floating boardwalk on the Lake Mary Loop Trail.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Floating boardwalk on the Lake Mary Loop Trail.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mule deer in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Yellow-rumpled warbler.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Looking south down the trailhead of the Woodland Trail.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A great blue heron and two unidentified birds on Lake Mary.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A red-tailed hawk feeding on a snake in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Western meadowlark.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Two white-tailed deer challenge each other.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • The view looking west at the Rocky Mountains from the scenic wildlife drive.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A demilitarized structure that still stands off the road on the wildlife drive.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A hawk perched in a tree in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A buck mule deer with a single antler in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Buck mule deer in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • You are bound to see many deer at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Many bison are home to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A hawk in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A hawk in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A mule deer crosses the Rod and Gun Club Trail.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Black-billed magpie in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Black-billed magpie in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • An unidentified bird interrupts the sleep of a great horned owl.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A juvenile great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Deer on the Woodland Trail in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A bald eagle on the frozen Havana Ponds in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • A juvenile bald eagle in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Woodpecker in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Coyote in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great horned owl in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great horned owl in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great horned owl in Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.- Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
No crowds. Abundant wildlife. Short and flat hikes. Great views.
Cons: 
No challenging hikes. Section closures for controlled burning. No biking or trail running. Lack of potable water sources.
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Region:
Denver Metro Area, CO
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a former Army chemical weapons facility (coined Rocky Mountain Arsenal). Shortly after the Cold War the facility was converted into a park and wildlife refuge after a group of bald eagles was discovered on the premises. Located just 10 miles from Denver, the refuge is easily spotted on a map as the expansive green area just northeast of downtown that covers 15,000 acres. While not considered a state or national park, the refuge is managed and operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is classified as a National Wildlife Refuge.

Just one day in the refuge will expose you to an abundance of wildlife. On a typical day driving through the refuge, it's not uncommon to spot bison, deer, prairie dogs, bald eagles, hawks, owls, herons, and many other wildlife viewing opportunities for families, photographers, and birders alike.

There are roughly 10 miles of trails for hiking throughout the refuge, multiple picnic areas, paid fishing opportunities, and a 9-mile scenic wildlife drive within the park.

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