Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City

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The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,988-acre (64.70 km2) National Wildlife Refuge located adjacent to Commerce City, Colorado, in the United States. It is approximately 8 miles (13 km) 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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  • Surprisingly an exciting place to expend a couple of hours a least to enjoy the wildlife drive plus the cutest little lakes.  more »
  • I was visiting Colorado with my family and we just happened to spot this Wildlife refuge on the way. It was very hot so the experience outside was not so fun (we went on a walk around the lake), but.....  more »
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  • This was an unexpected surprise during our trip to Colorado. The site's history is fascinating, and the return to its natural state is a gift. A brief walk on a hot day (like the first day we visited) gives a whole new appreciation for what it took for early settlers to cross the Plains. The staff at the Visitor's Center was very helpful and informative. It was well worth our time to drive the wildlife route through the park. We saw the best wildlife activity when we returned during the early evening. The bison came within a few feet of our car, close enough to hear them chewing and the sound of their hoofs as they walked. When three of the larger bison started walking directly toward our car after we'd been watching them for about 10 minutes, we got the distinct feeling they were telling us it was time to move on. So we did. But its a memory we will long cherish.
  • A huge area in the metropolitan area with lots of bison, deer, cottontail, coyote, and birds. It is free. There are some beautiful lakes with trails around them. Fishing is allowed there. In addition, there is a more than 10 mile long drive in the wild area, and you are advised to stay in vehicle. Sometimes the animals are very close, please stay safe while taking pictures. Also you can take nice pictures of the rocky mountains during sunset.
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