Published on September 2nd, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
With all the exciting city happenings around Denver, sometimes a trip into the wilderness can be refreshing and necessary. Living in Colorado, you never have to go far to reach the great outdoors. Located on the north side of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge offers calm and peaceful hikes into nature. Take your family, take your date, or just take yourself!
The Wildlife Refuge hasn’t always been the natural spectacle that it is today. The land was first used by Native Americans who arrived there following herds of bison. When Western settlers arrived, they began living off of the land. Decades later in 1942, the United States Army seized the plains and the turned the area into a manufacturing homeland for chemical warfare.
After the war ended, the land was taken over by Shell Oil Co. who began manufacturing agricultural chemicals. Finally in the 1980s, the public started to speak out against the harsh environmental affects of the chemicals on the Arsenal’s wildlife, specifically the bald eagle. Finally in 1992, Congress passed the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Act, returning the land to its natural state and ensuring the protection of hundreds of species such as hawks, finches, prairie dogs, white pelicans, and painted turtles.
Take a break from the city streets and plan a visit to this natural sanctuary!