Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (NWR),is nearly 17,000 acres of protected prairie and grassland between downtown Denver and the DIA airport.  It is in fact, one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. The proximity to Denver makes it a great location for short, yet productive photography tours, in particular during sunset and sunrise hours.   Though the overall scenery is a bit sparse (after all it is dry prairie and grasslands), upon closer inspection you’ll find one of the best photography venues for birds and insects in Eastern Colorado.  In addition the preserve has a wide variety of larger wildlife to photograph.


 Wildlife Includes (but is not limited to):


    • Black Tailed Prairie Dogs
    • Bison
    • Coyote
    • Eastern Cotton Tails
    • Mule Deer
    • Raccoons
    • White Tailed Deer


    • Bald Eagle
    • American Kestrel
    • Burrowing Owl
    • Ferruginous Hawk
    • Mallard
    • Northern Harrier
    • Red-Tailed Hawk
    • Red-winged Black Bird
    • Swainson’s Hawk
    • Western Meadowlark

Reptile & Amphibians

    • Bullfrog
    • Bull Snake
    • Snapping Turtle

Plants and Flowers

    • Blue Grama
    • Plains Cottonwood
    • Prickly Poppy
    • Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
    • Rubber Rabbitbrush
    • Sand Bluestem
    • Showy Milkweed
    • Sideoats Grama