Hidden in plain sight is an oasis of wildlife and tons of history. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal and National Wildlife Refuge is located just 10 miles from downtown Denver and is home to Colorado bison and bald eagles. The refuge is also where several chemical weapons (such as mustard gas) were manufactured during World War II.
In 1992, the United States Congress declared this area of land to become a wildlife refuge and now over 300 different species inhabit the land.
The Visitor’s Center is full of helpful and educational information regarding the history of the land to include its role in World War II, chemical development, and the wildlife that inhabit the land. There are also several different hands on activities for kids. My almost 6 year old thoroughly enjoyed dissecting an owl pellet. There is also a ferret exhibit that is open to the public.
There are several trails as well if you would like to hike the Wildlife Refuge. We went on a day that was very windy so opted out of any hike and just did the drive.
The refuge will also give you the opportunity to go on a self guided driving tour of the 15,000 acres. The drive is an 11 mile loop and this is where you get to go on your animal hunt!
We saw a lot of birds, deer, prairie dogs, and quite a bit of Colorado bison. If you’re lucky the bison will come close to your car! (Do not get out of your car!).
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal and National Wildlife Refuge is located just a few miles off of I-70. We came up from Colorado Springs and took I-25 to 225 North to I-70 West. The Visitor’s Center is located directly behind the Dick’s Sporting Good sports complex.
Lots of free parking!
There are bathrooms located in the Visitor’s Center.
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