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Hiking With Kids: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Hiking With Kids: Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge

Hey folks!

After having some serious snow a couple weeks ago, the weather in Denver has been absolutely gorgeous! I'm talking, 60 and even 70 days, people! With temperatures like that, how on earth could we stay indoors?! Thankfully, we discovered the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge and it turned out to be everything we needed: a 15-minute drive from our home, a flat trail punctuated by bridges overlooking icy lakes, lots of wildlife to ooh and ahh over, and pastoral grasslands to admire.

We took the carrier for simplicity, but the trail was definitely easy enough for all abilities. Many parts are paved, but I'd still recommend boots for ankle support and navigating muddy puddles. (Depending on the time of year, this may not be an issue, but check the weather just to be safe.) It was a bit windy, so bring a lightweight jacket or hoodie in case the temperature drops. The bridges are sturdy, but do keep an eye on curious little ones who want to take a closer look at the lake—don't want anyone falling in! Overall, it's a lovely, scenic trail and I highly recommend a stop at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge if you have the opportunity. Don't miss the Wildlife Drive, either! If you're lucky, you may catch a herd of bison walking by like we did! See a quick video here. 


My oldest, overlooking the frozen lake.

My oldest, overlooking the frozen lake.

Still can't believe how close this deer allowed me to get! What a blessing. :)

Still can't believe how close this deer allowed me to get! What a blessing. :)

Having fun on one of several bridges on the trail. 

Having fun on one of several bridges on the trail. 

Most of the trail was dry, but there were muddy patches, so wear comfy shoes with traction.

Most of the trail was dry, but there were muddy patches, so wear comfy shoes with traction.

Another view of my favorite bridge on the trail!

Another view of my favorite bridge on the trail!

Our daughter's not quite two, so we put her in the carrier, but I bet kids as young as 3 would be fine with some hand-holding. 

Our daughter's not quite two, so we put her in the carrier, but I bet kids as young as 3 would be fine with some hand-holding. 

This trail is stroller-friendly, as well.

This trail is stroller-friendly, as well.


That's it for our experience with the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, friends! As you can see, we had a blast spending time together in a lovely place on a gorgeous day. It doesn't get any better than that, right? Have you gone on any good hikes lately? If so, please share below and link to your blog if you like! I love reading stories and seeing pictures of others' adventures!  

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