Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge

Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado.

Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established in 1963 to provide habitat for migratory birds and to provide for suitable wildlife-dependent recreation. The Green River, the life blood of the Refuge, runs through the heart of its 13,455 acres. Plants such as the threatened Ute's ladies tresses orchid and hundreds of species of animals depend on the habitat that the Refuge provides. Migrating waterfowl stop to refuel at Browns Park NWR, wintering elk and mule deer rely on the open grasslands, and the Refuge's cottonwood forests provide critical migration habitat for hundreds of thousands of Neotropical migratory songbirds. The shrublands also provide critical habitat for several species of concern including the loggerhead shrike, sage grouse, sage sparrow, sage thrasher, and Brewer's sparrow. Last, the Green River provides habitat for wintering bald eagles, nesting osprey, river otters, beaver, and the endangered Colorado pikeminnow.

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Browns Park NWR is extremely remote, 92 miles away from the nearest town with services. Be sure to bring extra water, food, and clothes. Cell phone coverage is not reliable away from town. Check your spare tire for proper air pressure.

The Refuge headquarters is 60 miles northwest of Maybell, Colorado on State Highway 318; 50 miles northeast of Vernal, Utah over Diamond Mountain; and 100 miles south of Rock Springs, Wyoming via State Highway 430 or 70 miles via State Highway 191 and Clay Basin, Utah. Refuge headquarters is located approximately one mile east of the Colorado and Utah border on State Highway 318. Because of the remoteness of the Refuge, visitors should bring sufficient water, food, and fuel for their visit as visitors services are not available nearby.

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