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Colorado: Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge
Posted on Thursday, February 01 @ 00:00:00 MST by iljiana

Horse Rentals & Day Ride Trails 1318 Hwy 318
Maybell, CO 81640
(970) 365-3613

Throughout time, this sheltered valley known as Browns Park has been and remains a place for wildlife and people. Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was formally established in 1963 by Public Land Order 4973 under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act and the Refuge Recreation Act, the purposes of Browns Park NWR are to provide sanctuary for migratory birds, protect natural resources, conserve endangered and threatened species, and offer fish and wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities. Wildlife, solitude, scenic beauty, and cultural history combine to make the refuge a national treasure.

Please take time to explore our home on the World Wide Web and learn more about this unique Refuge in Northwest Colorado.

Visitors to Browns Park NWR should be prepared for spectacular scenery in a remote wilderness setting. To maintain the wilderness and solitude sensation, facilities and commercialism are minimized and recreation off the established roads involves non-motorized or non-mechanical means of transport. This approach provides wildlife and wildland viewing and enjoyment opportunities in an uncrowded setting. Restrictions are also minimized, and visitors are free to hike cross-country or follow any of numerous trails created by big game. All visitors are encouraged to use good wildlife viewing practices and ethics, especially when viewing species sensitive to human disturbance.

Due to the remote nature of the Refuge, visitors are encouraged to bring extra supplies including water, food, and fuel in case of emergency. Cell phone coverage is sporadic at best in this area and should not be counted on in times of emergency. If you are planning on being in this area for an extended time, Refuge staff suggest notifying a friend or family member of your location in case you need to be contacted in an emergency.

Equestrian Activities

Equestrian activities on public lands in Little Snake Resource Area generally occur on existing roads and trails or open country areas. There are no BLM trails which are limited to equestrian use at this time.

The popular equestrian areas on public lands include: Browns Park, Sand Wash Basin, Little Yampa Canyon Special Recreation Management Area, and the Cold Springs Mountain, Diamond Breaks and Cross Mountain Wilderness Study Areas.

Information on existing roads and trails, and water sources in these areas may be found on the Little Snake Resource Area transportation or 1:100,000 scale maps. USGS topographic maps are useful for more detailed information.

Specific trail guides are not available.

Additional information may be obtained from the Craig Chamber of Commerce

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