Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Lakes Loop is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Commerce City, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Flat, pretty, plenty of wildlife for so close to the city - a few bison, a ferret in the display area, waterfowl that aren't native to the area, and dozens of chirruping prairie dogs. They area is currently in a controlled burn program, so many of the fields are black, one still smoking, and a few where the green sprouts are pushing up past the char ... very striking. No pets! When I walked it on Saturday just after noon, there were few other hikers, so I'm not sure about the "heavily trafficked" description. There are quite a variety of trails, so you can do a very short or a very long hike. I hiked the outer loop and then went off trail and made a two hour hike of it.
NO DOGS!! It's posted... arguably in plain view. Ignorance almost got us.
Nothing spectacular, but the proximity to Denver is appealing when we don't have enough time to drive up to the mountains, or for a snow-free spot during much of the winter. The chance to see bison is a nice perk of the Arsenal, too!
Nice that it's so close to the city, and great that it's so empty most of the time. Haven't caught any fish in the times we tried, but it's good for a nature walk.
Very beautiful walk and rather easy, definitely one I'll be back to visit
Another nice place to hike, bird-watch and fish in the middle of the city. Free entry and if you hit it at the right time, you'll see bison roaming the plains. I've seen plenty of birds, bison, snakes, prairie dogs and other animals on my hikes.
Nice and quite
Great easy trail for a private walk or run. Very sunny though.
The hike of these trails are precise at easy, flat and graveled. Downside is lack of shade cover. They also offer a 9 mile drive trail with a chance to observe the Bison heard. Visitor center is open Tue-Sun Sunrise to Sunset. No bike trails offered.
Get their early and you'll see buffalo and plenty of white tails. Flowers are beautiful but the trails are easy. Great place to take the kids.