Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Located in far northwestern Colorado along the Green River, the Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge is a 12,150-acre park below the Flaming Gorge Dam. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which operates the refuge, calls it “an oasis to both wildlife and humans seeking shelter from the surrounding harsh, semi-arid environment.” 

Surrounded by BLM land, Browns Park is a sanctuary for migratory birds. Beginning in April, thousands of migrating waterfowl stop to rest and refuel at several of the wetlands in the wildlife refuge. They’re the only wetlands around for 50 miles. 

Ducks, geese, swans and wading birds use the wetlands for foraging, shelter and nesting during the spring and summer. Elk and mule deer come into the valley each winter. 

Visitors to Browns Park can hunt and fish, camp and hike. Click here to learn more.

Remains of an 1887 homestead stand in Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge. In the early 20th century, ranch owner Ora Haley was believed to have secretly hired outlaw Tom Horn to stop cattle rustling in the area. Steve McQueen starred in a 1980 movie on the topic.

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