Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City

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The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15988acres National Wildlife Refuge located adjacent to Commerce City, Colorado, in the United States. It is approximately 8mi northeast of downtown Denver. The facility is on the grounds of the former Rocky Mountain Arsenal, a United States Army chemical weapons manufacturing facility. The site was designated a national wildlife refuge in 1992 by the United States Congress, and underwent a costly environmental cleanup in order to remove pollutants. The refuge is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. More than 330 species of wildlife inhabit the refuge, including raptors, deer, raccoons, coyotes, white pelicans, black-footed ferrets, black-tailed prairie dogs, and bison.
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  • The arsenal combines the history of Denver with the beauty of the plains in one beautiful 3 hour visit. The arsenal produced chemical weapons for the United States armed forces for about 30 years from...  more »
  • This is one of the must view place in Denver. We had a chance to see Bison,Mule Deer, lots of Prairie Dog,White-tailed Deer and Bald Eagle .  more »
  • Visiting the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuse was so amazing. Multiple trails are available...hike with friends attend a special event provided by the facility. We drove through the are...  more »
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  • Great spot to spend a leisurely afternoon drive. Be prepared to stop often and take it all in. Welcome area is friendly and informative. Don't miss the chance to spot some bald eagles, just past the first bison area. Prairie dogs and rabbits a-plenty and impressive bison. At the top of Rattlesnake Observation you can fill out the all weather guest book and maybe see some Monarchs fluttering. Admission is free and there is a guide pamphlet to make sure you don't miss any sweet spots.
  • This place is amazing!!!! ADORABLE Prairie Dogs EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK!!! They're all around the walking trails!! I absolutely adored it! There are two lakes within walking distance on the trails that are very pretty and peaceful, even in the winter time. We were extremely lucky the day we went as the Bison were right beside the road you drive on through the reserve. We saw several deer as well; some while walking, and some while driving. We did manage to see a Bald Eagle, but he/she was waaaaay up in the sky. I highly suggest bringing binoculars. We also saw rabbits, and several other birds. The endangered Black-Footed Ferret exhibit located near the Visitor's center was interesting, and we did get to see one cute ferret curled up asleep inside. The Reserve is one of the VERY few successful breeding programs in the U.S of the Black-Footed Ferret. The ferrets are doing very well here, which makes me super happy. The employees at the Visitor's center are super nice and very knowledgeable. The gift shop located in the Visitor's center is also super cute. I will most certainly be back to try and see some of the ferrets actually out on the reserve, as well as the Burrowing Owls!
  • Spotted this large area on the map and was intrigued by my curiosity to check it out, and it was more than worth it. This free attraction will make you cherish and appreciate nature and its serenity. Seeing the bison here is an incredible and exciting experience. You're also likely to see all types of bird, prairie dogs roaming all around, and some deer too. We came after the bomb cyclone/blizzard and were amazed by the beauty of the freshly fallen snow and mountains in the background. You'll likely spend almost two hours in your vehicle exploring the reserve, maybe 1 1/2 if you're a bit quicker or there aren't many animals. Just an absolutely beautiful landmark that everyone should visit. Make sure to use the restroom at the visitors center before heading in. #nature #animals #family
  • Amazing nature drive. There is a visitor center in the entrance, very clean restrooms and friendly staff. The drive is about 45 min nice and slow but give it double that time with stopping for wildlife viewing. Great before sunset though you pretty much always will see some bison, deer, hawks and prairie dogs. Wonderful for kids and adults. Also has some hikes and great city and mountain views. Best of all it's free, highly recommended! Tip- Make sure to bring a pair of binoculars, makes a big difference.
  • Love this place! Great opportunities for seeing and photographing wild animals. Including Bison, Deer, Coyotes, various avians (including Bald Eagles), and possibly Black Footed Ferrets! Excellent driving loop for those who can't do the trails, or for when it's too cold to want to explore on foot. I've been coming here since the refuge opened and every trip I make feels worth my time.
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