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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is located in Commerce City. To visit Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge on your holiday in Commerce City, and find out what else Commerce City has to offer, use our Commerce City trip itinerary planner.
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We drove here expecting to see lots of buffalo. Only one was close enough to have his picture taken. We did see a few more from a distance. We also saw ducks and other birds. The exhibits were very in... read more »
We'd been in a conference all day and wanted to head downtown to dinner. This was on the way, took a half hour or so to drive through. Not tons of wildlife, but saw a few bison up close around dusk. L... read more »
We stopped here on our way to the airport. We did the scenic drive which they estimate is about 3 miles long. There's an area to bison though we saw none and it's pretty flat land so not sure where th... read more »
As a Denverite, I'm proud that my country has transformed their arsenal into this refuge. Its trails, lakes, wildflowers, cottonwood trees, buffalo, deer and birds galore are captivating ~ even in 100 degree summer heat! Do not expect something spectacular. The views of the mountains can be shrouded in haze. But do expect the sounds of orioles, red-winged blackbirds, warblers and swallows to bring a little nature to your suburban soul. If you sit on a bench by the lake, you just might see two deer walk right by you! (My family did). Or, you could photograph a brilliant purple thistle in full bloom (I did). And it's free. Go. You'll be glad you did!
It's a great stop for families. It's free and fun for the kids. There are scavenger hunts, catch and release fishing(fee), bison watching, lots of trails and even a ferret exhibit. The lake trails are neat with lots of docks to see the fish and birds in the area. There is an exhibit inside the visitor center with animals such as coyotes, life sized bison and lots of history items that were part of the arsenal.
It was sad that we saw three pairie dogs and thats about it. Very dissapointed. Saw more cars than animals.
This wildlife refuge offers a variety of habitats, flora and fauna. You can hike easily without fear of injury or leaving children and elderly behind. Bring sunbrellas for shade if you like, but they scare the animals.
For what this place USED to be it is a great scene. Pretty bare, it is apparently the best place to see buffalo (though I've been unlucky so far). Its always pretty quiet and if you're just looking to escape the concrete city trap, it's pretty close. Otherwise there isn't much here. Most everything is decommissioned from its jet fuel and toxic waste days out of the mid- 20th century. Cool history though.
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