Description - Colorado's Wildlife Refuges provide excellent habitat for waterfowl, other bird life and an abundance of wildlife. The refuges offer opportunities for bird-watching, viewing wildlife, and hiking.
- Alamosa, Arapahoe, Monte Vista and Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuges all encompass wetlands and riparian areas, providing excellent habitat for waterfowl, other bird life and an abundance of wildlife. Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Area, surrounded by the Denver suburbs, is one of the largest urban wildlife areas in the United States. Brown's Park provides a unique combination of: wildlife, solitude, scenery, and western history that is unmatched in the Refuge System.
Recreation - The refuges offer opportunities for bird-watching, viewing wildlife, and hiking. Some of the refuges offer fishing and hunting opportunities as well.
Climate - The climate in Colorado varies tremendously from hot dusty summer days to frigidly cold winter nights. Colorado is known for its thunderstorms which form over the Rocky Mountains and then head across the eastern plains, often reaching 10,000 feet or more in height. Lightening is a serious threat, particularly on mountain peaks, lakes and open fields. Summertime temperatures routinely reach 90 to 100 degrees on the plains and the 70 - 80 degrees in the mountains. Cool weather is always possible at night throughout Colorado, particularly at higher elevations. It is not uncommon to need both shorts and a jacket on the same day.
The winter routinely brings severe winter driving conditions with icy roads and limited visibility. Temperatures range from the 40s and 50s on the plains to well below zero in the mountains. Proper winter clothing and food is necessary to avoid hypothermia and one should be prepared to spend an unexpected night out if traveling in the backcountry or on the highways.
The National Wildlife Refuges in Colorado are located primarily along the Front Range and in the San Luis Valley, with Browns Park Refuge in northwest Colorado.