Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Loop

Commerce City, Colorado

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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.

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Commerce City
Distance: 5.9
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.75 to 2.75 hours
Season: Open year-round sunrise to sunset seven days a week (closed federal holidays)
Local Contacts: US Fish and Wildlife Service, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, 6550 Gateway Road, Building 121, Commerce City; 303-289-0930; www.fws.gov/refuge/rocky_mountain_arsenal
Local Maps: USGS Montbello
Driving Directions: Directions to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Loop

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May 2018