Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

Moose and birds aplenty.National Wildlife Refuge

A wetland area in the Arapaho Ntl Wildife Refuge, Colorado.
Overlooking a wetland area

How to get there:

The refuge entrance is 9 miles south of Walden on SH125.

  • From Denver via I-70-US 40
  • 121 miles 2 hr 30 mins
  • GPS
  • SH 125/CR 32
  • 40.6204 -106.2960

In General:Hiking

The Refuge was established to provide suitable nesting and rearing habitat for migratory birds. Meandering streams, streamside willows, and meadow habitats found at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge create excellent wildlife habitat.

A self-guided 6-mile wildlife auto tour route, the Brocker overlook and interpretive display, and the interpretive nature trail near the headquarters offer a chance to learn about, observe and photograph the refuge, its wildlife, and wildlife habitat.

Photo Ops:Waterfkowl ViewingWildlifeVistaswildflowers

Bird life is abundant during the spring, summer, and fall; waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and songbirds make up the bulk of the nesting species.

Mule deer, pronghorn, elk, and moose use the Refuge habitats throughout the year. Small mammals are represented by white-tailed prairie dogs, Richardson’s ground squirrels, cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, badgers, beavers, muskrats, minks, and weasels. Amphibians include leopard, wood, and striped chorus frogs, as well as tiger salamanders; reptiles are limited to the wandering garter snake.

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