Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Commerce City, Colorado 80037

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Professional Guide

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"Created in 1992, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (RMANWR) is a serene wildlife oasis near a bustling urban area. Over the years the mile-wide buffer around the former chemical weapons plant provided a refuge for prairie animals and birds as the Denver metro area expanded.

White-tailed and mule deer, eagles, prairie dogs, hawks, waterfowl, burrowing owls, and more thrive here, so close to millions of people. Enjoy watching wildlife on your hike through shortgrass prairie, woodlands, and wetlands rich in farming and military history."

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"Created in 1992, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (RMANWR) is a serene wildlife oasis near a bustling urban area. Over the years, the mile-wide buffer around a former chemical weapons plant provided a refuge for prairie animals and birds as the Denver metro area expanded. White-tailed and mule deer, eagles, prairie dogs, hawks, waterfowl, burrowing owls, and more thrive here, so close to the Denver metro area. Presently the refuge is open to the public for drop-in visits only on Saturdays and Sundays. Check with the Arsenal for current status. A gentle 5.2-mile loop hike gives you a chance to observe prairie dogs, deer, birds, raptors, and waterfowl. It includes the Prairie Switchback, Lake Mary, Prairie, Woodland, and Rod and Gun Club Trails. Starting at the bulletin board near the visitor center, first follow the Prairie Switchback Trail to the Lake Mary Trail. Several interpretive signs explain native prairie grasses. The Lake Mary Trail highlights wetlands. Trail guides are available at the visitor center. After passing a prairie re-vegetation effort, the trail circles Lake Mary." Read more
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"Established by Congress in 1992, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (RMANWR) is a work in progress. Over the years, the 1- to 2-mile-wide bu?er around the old chemical weapons plant provided a refuge for prairie animals and birds as the Denver metro area expanded. White-tailed deer, mule deer, eagles, prairie dogs, hawks, waterfowl, burrowing owls, and bison thrive on the refuge. Black-footed ferrets, the most endangered mammal species in North America, were reintroduced to this Refuge in October 2015. This gem is close to Denver, yet so serene. Enjoy watching wildlife on your hike through shortgrass prairie, woodlands, and wetlands rich in farming and military history. RMANWR offers many different wildlife-viewing tours and nature programs." Read more

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Trail Information

Commerce City
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5.9
Distance
Minimal
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.75-2.75 hours
Duration
Year-round except after big snowstorms; summer can be very hot
Season
Fishing
Additional Use
US Fish & Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 5650 Havana St., Bldg. 121, Commerce City; (303) 289-0930; www.fws.gov/rockymountainarsenal
Local Contacts
USGS Montbello
Local Maps

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Dec 2018