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“Good lake fishing in colorado.”

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Denver
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“Good lake fishing in colorado.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Two ponds that were great with my boys, 6 & 8. You can't use live bait or barbed hooks, but otherwise, there are some big bass.

Visited August 2012
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Littleton, Colorado
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“Try to visit during the week”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

There is now an auto tour route instead of riding the bus. You can stop along the way to take photos or take a hike to one of the ponds or meadows.

I visited late afternoon on a cold winter day during the week. There were almost no cars or visitors and I drove the new auto tour of the park. Within an hour I saw a great horned owl, a bald eagle, three coyotes, a small herd of bison, two deer herds, a heron, and about fifty rabbits. It was amazing. I took fantastic photos and watched a pair of coyotes hunting geese on a frozen pond alongside another photographer.

Several weeks later, during a gorgeous warm day in January, I drove out there on a Saturday. There were numerous cars and visitors, but almost no animals. Despite signs warning you to stay in your car in the bison area, people were approaching the lone bison on foot, smoking and talking loudly. When a deer was spotted, six cars immediately surrounded it.

So, if you want to see lots of wildlife, go in the winter, in the morning or very late afternoon, and you will be rewarded with a wonderful experience.

Visited January 2013
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Johnson City, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
138 reviews
30 attraction reviews
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“Great Reclamation Project”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

A new visitor's center is the first stop, and staffed with very informative folk and an excellent museum. You can borrow (not rent) binoculars from the staff and these are really helpful when looking for eagles and hawks. Great trails, ranging from short to long, a good stop in the winter (saw golden eagles, bison, prairie dogs by the hundreds, rabbits and deer), and an interesting boardwalk across a (now frozen) lake.

The gates open automatically at 6am, although the center is not staffed until 9am. Go early for the raptors, as they are off and hunting by 7:30am or so. Nice long drive (if you want to stay warm in the car) and good trails.

Visited December 2012
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Denver, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Real urban wildlife experience”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

This is considered an urban wildlife refuge. It expanded in what it offers in the past few years. A new visitors center offers hands on exhibits, educational opportunities for kids, adults and families. In addition, there are a number of free activities every month such as bus tours through the refuge, photography opportunities and educational programs. There is a special emphasis on kids and families... one of the few places that is totally free in Denver! There are hayrides, fishing and story time/ educational times for the kids with hands on activities.
Just recently, the refuge opened for self drive auto tours. It does cover a limited area of the refuge, but you can drive at your own pace and see deer, bison, coyote, a variety of birds and other small mammals such as prairie dogs. It varies throughout the year which makes it an ever changing fun place to go... especially for photographers.
This used to be a top secret place that produced chemical weapons. There is still a bunker where weapons used to be stored and is visible from the road. There are also groves of trees that surround areas where houses used to stand. It's an amazing historical place where you can't miss the reality of what was produced here and also that we can save places that were so affected by toxins from the chemical weapon production. The recovery of the land as well as the presence of healthy animals affirm that positive change can happen and we can save the lands. It's a special place on many different levels for kids and adults.
It's very close to the airport and the city, so while touring you can see airplanes flying overhead, trains passing by, the city in the background while you also see all of the animals on the refuge. Yes, definitely urban and definitely unique!

Visited November 2012
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Anaheim, California
Level 6 Contributor
158 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were trying to kill some time in Denver before heading to the airport for our flight home. Saw the sign for this refuge and decided to check it out. What a super surprise! It is amazing that it is so close to a bustling metropolitan city. It is huge and the drive is nice with lots of animals to see. We stopped and did a little hiking and it was beautiful with the mountains so close by. Saw tons of deer -- at least 6-7 bucks with HUGE racks. It is well worth the time and the best thing -- it is FREE. Can't get better than that!

Visited November 2012
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