From The Rocky Mountain Arsenal site:
“Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story – it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland, to war-time manufacturing site, to wildlife sanctuary. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives, including a herd of about 80 bison”.
In addition to the 280 species of birds that have been spotted at The Arsenal, making their home here are a herd of about 80 bison, deer, coyote, bull snakes, snapping turtles, and more. The Arsenal also boasts several small lakes and ponds.
Learn about the very interesting history of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
I had been to “The Arsenal”, as I like to call it, several times. It’s full, official name, “Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge”, is quite a mouthful.
My most recent trip to The Arsenal was June 15, 2014.
Here are a few images….
These are just a few examples of the varied landscapes and wildlife at Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
If you are in the Denver Metro area don’t let this slice of paradise within a city get away from you.
Your chances of meeting up with some wildlife are best around sunrise and sunset. However, if you’re lucky, you’ll spot some at various times of day. Be sure to heed the warning signs about the bison. These magnificent animals can weigh as much as 2 tons. Stay in your car when in the bison area. If, for some reason you decide to get out of your car, be sure to have a companion with you who is not as fast on his feet as you are!
Till next time…..Tom