Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Commerce City

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The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,988-acre (24.981 sq mi) 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 refuge 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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  • We drove out there because we sorts ran out of things to do... But I'm sure glad we found our way there because we were blown away by the variety and the sheer number of animals we saw on the... 
    We drove out there because we sorts ran out of things to do... But I'm sure glad we found our way there because we were blown away by the variety and the sheer number of animals we saw on the...  more »
  • This was a highlight as there were so many bison crossing and right next to the road when we were here. We were hopeful to see some, there was probably over 100, not even bothered by the cars and... 
    This was a highlight as there were so many bison crossing and right next to the road when we were here. We were hopeful to see some, there was probably over 100, not even bothered by the cars and...  more »
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  • Beautiful trip for the whole family and our dog. Although you can’t take your dog outside, even not on the leash, it’s nice for them look outside of the window while driving the loop and watch the bison. Wonderful place and landscape! And east going, good streets around the park. Very peaceful and fantastic views. Also very clean, nice rest rooms too. Places to have a snack outside. We will come back in Spring.
  • This is a hidden gem right here in the middle of Denver! It's a very scenic nature and wildlife preserve which offers an opportunity to see amazing sights - every time we go , we see something different! And it is open year round so check out what you can see in the winter. The best way to see the area is on the 11 mile wildlife tour road, need to stay in your car, you don't want to get hit by a bison! The visitor center is also worth seeing and has several interpretive exhibits, one being about the history of its world war II role in making and storing munitions including nerve gas.

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