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Alamosa/Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Both refuges are open year-round and there are no entrance fees.  The best times to visit to see sandhill cranes are early March and early through mid-October.  For other wildlife viewing, the best months are May through October. Waterfowl numbers peak in March through May. Auto tour routes and the hiking trail at Alamosa NWR are open from sunrise to sunset.  Early morning and later in the evening are the best times to visit.  Wildlife is more active and therefore more visible at these times. The visitor center at Alamosa NWR is open from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Picnic tables are available at the visitor center at the Alamosa NWR and at the beginning of the auto tour route at the Monte Vista NWR.


Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge is located in an intermountain glacial basin south of Walden, county seat of Jackson County, Colorado. The basin is approximately 35 miles wide and 45 miles long. It is the northernmost of four such "parks" in Colorado and is known locally as North Park. North Park opens north into Wyoming and is rimmed on the west by the Park Range, on the south by the Rabbit Ears Mountains, on the southeast by the Never-Summer Range, and on the east and northeast by the Medicine Bow Range. Numerous slow, meandering streams are interspersed on the basin floor and eventually come together to form the headwaters of the North Platte River. Most of the flood plain along the streams is irrigated meadow, while the low rises adjacent to the flood plain and the higher rises on the refuge are characterized by sagebrush grasslands. Summer in North Park is warm but brief, with just enough sun and rain to green the bottomlands and upland slopes and to bring forth fingerling trout in the streams. Winter has nearly always driven less hardy and vigorous creatures, including humans, to lower elevations.


Monte Vista Crane Festival
Map March festival featuring music, wildlife speakers and migratory cranes that have been returning to this area for 2000 years.


Rocky Mountain Arsenal
Located just eight miles northeast of downtown Denver, the refuge is the largest contiguous open space in the Denver metropolitan area. The site is currently undergoing a major environmental restoration program and will become one of the largest urban national wildlife refuges in the United States.

Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately fifteen miles northwest of downtown Denver in the suburban community of Arvada, Colorado. Single family dwellings border the Refuge on three sides. This 62.7-acre Refuge is dominated by brome grass which covers the upland areas. The wetland and upland habitats support a variety of wildlife. Ninety-nine species of birds have been observed on the Refuge, mostly during the spring, summer, and fall. Ten of these species, including Swainson's hawks and Western meadowlarks, nest on the Refuge. Other migrants, such as geese and mallards, forage and rest on all three Refuge ponds. Muskrat, beaver, and raccoon use the irrigation canals and ponds. Great blue herons and black-crowned night herons are frequent visitors during the spring, summer, and fall. Mule deer are occasionally seen along the ponds and canals. The red fox is the most frequently observed animal at the Refuge; there are several fox dens located throughout the site. Look for leopard frogs, bullfrogs, and painted and snapping turtles sunning themselves on logs in one of the ponds during the warmer months of the year. Guided tours, off-site programs, and open trails are available.

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