Colorado Trails

Public Access to Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Hits Roadblock

Opponents of the new refuge take to the courts to block construction of trails and a visitor center.

In a former life, Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, a 6,200-acre preserve 20 miles northwest of Denver, was a building site for nuclear weapon components. That history of toxic chemicals and nuclear substances is exactly why several groups filed a preliminary injunction in federal court seeking to block construction of a new visitor center and trails there; they argue the environmental risks at the site haven’t been properly assessed. 

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