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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 953 County Road 32, Just East of Highway 125, Walden, CO 80480
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+1 970-723-8202
07:00 - 15:30
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Vast but doable

Toured several sections in early Sept before the main bird migration but there was still a lot to see. Walked the "moose-goose" trail near the visitor center. Met the WR manager... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2016
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Toured several sections in early Sept before the main bird migration but there was still a lot to see. Walked the "moose-goose" trail near the visitor center. Met the WR manager walking the trail who was most helpful and knowledgable about Arapahoe and WRs in general.

Thank quigley66
Parker, CO
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485 reviews
216 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Although I didn't see much wildlife, I know if I had been able to take more time to explore I would have. Love the area...the creek winds back and forth, around and around...lots of places to support a variety of wildlife. So glad it is preserved!

Thank WorldTvlerParker_CO
Mohave Valley, Arizona
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154 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Wonderful place to see moose and other wildlife! Very nice Visitor Center with clean restrooms. Bailey and Josh were very helpful and provided us with the information we needed to see moose. Be sure to check out Owl Ridge Overlook first then drive down to Moose Goose Trail.

2 Thank sweetatr
Green Valley, Arizona
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Don't miss the Moose-Goose Trail. A walk around the trail brought us almost face-to-face with a large bull moose calmly munching on willow trees by the side of the trail. He was soon joined by another bull. They clearly indicated we should retrace our steps in order to return to our car. :-) Also should check out the auto tour.... More 

1 Thank Gardener1945
Livermore, Colorado
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1,219 reviews
593 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

On our ride from Red Feather Lakes, CO through Walden we stopped here. If you are lucky you will see a moose.

Thank M Richard M
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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Staff was very friendly and helpful. We saw 3 moose and several pronghorn antelope. Lots of Prarie dogs along the road side.

Thank Billy P
South West England, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

We didn't know what to expect when we visited the refuge. Lots of prairie dogs which kept us amused, prong horns and birds. We drove on to walk the board walk but there was nothing to be seen but beautiful scenery. A lovely area and worth the visit.

Thank Ghiana8
Anchorage, Alaska
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2016

We spent 2 days exploring the Refuge and were not disappointed. The amount of marine avians was amazing, including a White Pelican. Numerous prairie dogs, prong horns and moose. Go out early and late in the day to see them most animals

Thank MushB
Boulder, Colorado
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747 reviews
278 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 288 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

We stop at the overlook to view the wildlife area. The refuge is the highest in altitude, at 8,200 feet, in the continental United States. It's comprised of 23,000 acres of land and is used by both wildlife and livestock. It kind of reminded me of the pawnee grass lands. There are plaques telling the history of the area and... More 

Thank Paul T
Fort Collins, Colorado
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589 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

We stumbled across this Refuge on the road to Steamboat Springs. It was about lunch time and we pulled into the overlook along Highway 14 to have an impromptu picnic. We watched a variety of birds and small mammals while we ate. Who knew the Illinois River passed through this high mountain park? Next time we are up this way... More 

Thank ROCtraveler30

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