One of my favorite places in the Denver metro area is an often forgotten gem, hidden in plain sight. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a truly unique experience. There are so many things to see at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge it’s difficult to list them all. Wild flowers and diverse wildlife are the main attraction but where else can you see a herd of bison in the middle of a large metropolitan city? Yes, that’s right a herd of bison!
There are over 330 species of mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, and reptiles that call the Arsenal home. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something to see here. Over 10 miles of easy trails await your discovery or there is a self-guided automobile tour that provides access to popular areas of the refuge.
The Arsenal is a premier bird watching location where nesting eagles are a regular sight in the winter and spring. In fact, one of the major reasons for the creation of the refuge was to protect the endangered Bald Eagle. Over 280 species of birds have been recorded at the Arsenal. Many of the birds that I’ve checked off my birding list were found at the Arsenal. The wonderful volunteers at the Refuge host many tours and outings that focus on birding and wildlife viewing. Check the web site for details and scheduling.
Whether you are visiting Denver and you have some spare time or if you live in our fair city, The Rocky Mountain Arsenal is worth the trip.
6550 Gateway Road
Commerce City, CO 80022
From I-70 exit at Quebec Street and go north. Travel approximately 2.8 miles to Prairie Parkway/64th Avenue. Turn right at Prairie Parkway and travel 0.6 miles to Gateway Road. Turn left at Gateway Road. Continue on Gateway Road until you pass through the Refuge entrance.
Visitor Center: 303-289-0930