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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 8 things to do in Commerce City Features Animals
6550 Gateway Rd, Commerce City, CO 80022-4327
+1 303-289-0232
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A peaceful drive on a dreary day.

I wouldn't call this a must see as I would say it's a great way to relax. It had been raining and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Valerie B
Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
Pleasant Prairie Drive

This nine-mile drive provides an easy opportunity to see large herds of buffalo and mule deer... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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6550 Gateway Rd, Commerce City, CO 80022-4327
+1 303-289-0232
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Reviewed yesterday

I wouldn't call this a must see as I would say it's a great way to relax. It had been raining and snowing the day prior and part of the morning. Just over 11 miles long (not including the drive to the starting point), this...More

Thank Valerie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This nine-mile drive provides an easy opportunity to see large herds of buffalo and mule deer, countless prairie dogs and many hawks. There are also good views of the Denver skyline and the mountains in the distance. It is free and easy to find. There...More

Thank djnToronto
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

While we didn't see as much wildlife as we hoped, this was still an amazing place to visit. There is a visitor. Enter with some nice exhibits. Various walking trails along lakes allowed you to observe many birds. There is an 11 mile driving loop....More

Thank iove2travel55
Reviewed 7 April 2017

I accidentally stumbled upon this refuge and it made my day. Almost immediately entering the refuge I saw wildlife. There must have been 15-20 deer just grazing along side of the street. If you are into birds, you wont be disappointed. I caught Meadowlarks singing...More

Thank _erika_realtor
Reviewed 3 April 2017

While there weren't quite as many wildlife as I initially hoped, we did get to see some prairie dogs/gophers, deer, and - my goal - bison. One bison was actually walking across the road as we approached a turn in the road, and stopped a...More

Thank fjkjr123
Reviewed 31 March 2017

We were eager to see some bison on our trip to Denver so this seemed like a good option. It started to snow as we arrived so it was not ideal conditions for getting out for a walk. We stuck to the car for a...More

Thank luv4phood
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

When we pulled up into the park we noticed there weren't very many trails to get out and stretch your legs, but that downside was met with a huge upside when we drove into the buffalo area. Because we were met by a herd of...More

Thank Chaz B
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Went in feb and was cold and windy but still saw a lot of wildlife. Will have to come back in the spring to see what the area looks like then. Saw deer, buffalo, tons of different birds depending on the area. The visitor center...More

Thank Cg P
Reviewed 4 February 2017

A friend brought me here to experience bison at sunrise (winter sunrise, so after 7 AM). It was a beautiful drive in the gorgeous colors of the rising sun, and we could see bison, deer, prairie dogs and raptors from the windows of our car....More

Thank Urszula C
Reviewed 14 January 2017

After seeing the sign on I-70 for over a decade we finally went to the Arsenal NWR ! Wish we had of visited years ago !! A great & informative Visitor Centre with an abundance of Wildlife to view. We saw Mule Deer, Prairie Dogs,...More

Thank Skeney57
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Kit M
What is the best time of day to see the bison. I went late this afternoon and only saw one at a far distance.
15 May 2017|
Response from Skeney57 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Kit, I'm not an expert on Bison, but have seen heaps all over the US of A ! I think it all depends on what paddock area they are currently in as to how close they come to the road ? I know they are similar to cattle and... More
Bill B
How many bison are in the refuge now with the spring births?
9 May 2017|
Response from Skeney57 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bill, I suggest you contact the Refuge directly but there was over 30+ Bison on our visit !
Elizabeth W
Can you stay in your car to watch the animals?
18 March 2017|
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Response from TMWildMed | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! In some ways it's the best way as the car doesn't spook the animals as much as people walking. Enjoy!