Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, Walden

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The Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located in north central Colorado. It is part of the national forest which manages a protection for its flora and fauna. The refuge is located in North Park in central Jackson County south of the town of Walden. The refuge was established in 1967 to furnish waterfowl with a suitable place to nest and rear their young. It was created in part to offset losses of nesting habitat in the prairie wetland region of the Midwest. It is located in the valley of the Illinois River, a tributary of the North Platte River. It is administered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.DescriptionThe dry climate of the area requires the diversion of water from the Illinois River through a complex system of ditches to irrigate wetland meadows and fill water fowl brood ponds. Periodic burning, irrigation and various grazing systems are management tools used on the refuge meadows to maintain vegetative vigor for nesting purposes. Manipulation of water levels in the shallow ponds is intended to assure adequate aquatic vegetation for food and escape cover. The ponds also produce many insects and other invertebrates needed by most female waterfowl for successful egg laying. These insects also serve as an essential food item for the growth of ducklings and goslings during the summer months.
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  • This is really off the beaten path, but really nice. I had fun exploring the roads in the NWR. Seen some wildlife. Look up there hours before you go. I checked out this place and State Forest State Pa...  more »
  • My wife and I traveled here in July and thoroughly enjoyed the refuge along with the cooler weather.. This NWR is located in north central Colorado near the town of Walden. There is no entrance fee bu...  more »
  • Here touring with a birding group from out east. Saw lots of rare birds along with lots of different animals. Worth touring if you're into nature.  more »
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  • I visited during the off season and it was still amazingly beautiful. It's quite isolated from any significant population, which makes it that much cooler.
  • Great scenery everywhere you look. You need to be here to experience nature at it's finest
  • One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Go in August when the Rabbit Brush is in bloom. Lots of lovely colors - yellows, gray-blue-green sage, wildlife galore. You can't take a bad picture there because everywhere you turn there is another beautiful vista. Drive or hike - either way you will love the Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge.
  • A very peaceful refuge with TONS of wildlife. I've seen moose, pronghorn, coyote, elk, mule deer and whitetail deer, fox, voles, prairie dogs, golden and bald eagles, several types of hawks, plus dozens of migratory birds! There are some great views and a nice visitor center. I do wish there were more places to drive/walk around. There is a nice path among the willows to walk, and you often see wildlife along the path. The visitor center is full of information. It's a wonderful place!!
  • Great place to view elk

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