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Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Hike

Join us on Sunday, November 20th, for a nearby, leisurely, and educational outing at one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the country: the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

We’ll take a 3.6 mile stroll and along the way we’ll learn about the refuge system, the Arsenal’s history, and its wildlife. We’ll also talk about the importance of prairie ecosystems, their keystone species, and an ongoing effort to restore a keystone predator to Colorado.

The Sierra Club aspires for inclusiveness in its outings and the refuge is an excellent candidate for all ages and abilities: it is close to town and its trails rather flat at a familiar elevation.

If you would like to arrange a carpool to the refuge please contact Chris at [masked] or [masked].

When: Sunday, November 20th from 1 - 4:30pm
Where: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (Map): At the visitor’s center and out-and-back to the Rod and Gun Club Ponds via the Prairie and Rod and Gun Club trails, a total of 3.6 miles (Information and Trail Map).


1:00 - Gather at the visitor center by the bison display; introduction
1:30 - Carpool to the Prairie Trail parking area and begin our walk
4:30 - Wrap-up just before sunset

I encourage you to arrive earlier to peruse the visitor center’s wealth of information, drop into the gift shop, and/or drive the 11-mile Wildlife Drive (which was recently extended by 7 miles on October 15th!).

What to bring






Field Guides

Comfortable walking shoes

Hat, windbreaker, and other weather-appropriate clothing


The Arsenal’s website

A 5-minute video about the Arsenal

Outings Policies | Liability Waiver

Our outings are open and free to the public and we welcome anyone and all abilities. It does not what your income, religion, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender, age or political beliefs. Please contact the outing leader if you have questions or need accommodations.

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  • Jim G.

    Great hike and teaching. Thanks. Jim

    November 20

  • Beverly

    Beautiful day! wonderful information presented...

    November 20

    • Chris

      Thanks Beverly! I'm going to prune it a bit and put together more props/photos.

      November 20

  • Kate

    I was about 8 minutes late (came from the Springs) - sorry I missed you!

    November 20

  • Chris

    To everyone on the wait list: I plan to repeat this outing at different seasons of the year. Let me know if you would like advanced notice of the next outing at [masked].

    As for everyone else, I'll see you tomorrow!

    November 19

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