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Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
Historically, the marshes of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge (MBR) have been an oasis for water birds. This oasis is surrounded by arid desert lands. As a key part of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, the Refuge provides habitat for more than 200 bird species, making it a popular birding hotspot in...
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Ouray National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Ouray National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located in the desert of northeastern Utah; it receives less than 7 inches of precipitation annually. The Green River brings water down from the mountains of Wyoming and through the Refuge, attracting thousands of waterfowl and other birds to this otherwise dry landscape.

Wildlife to Watch: A 9-mile auto tour route can be accessed off the Refuge entrance road just before the Refuge headquarters. The auto tour route travels through Sheppard Bottoms along the Green River and then up to the highest point on the Refuge - Leota Bluff. The overlook provides an excellent view of the Leota and Johnson Bottoms.

All Refuge lands are open to the public for wildlife observation with the exception of the posted area around the Refuge farm fields. The farm fields have high wildlife use, and public entry is prohibited to prevent disturbance to wildlife using the area. A wildlife viewing site is provided to allow good viewing of the fields.

Special Tips: A portion of the Refuge is leased Tribal lands and special regulations from the Tribe pertain to these lands. Please contact the Refuge staff for more specific information.

Other Activities: Feel free to walk or hike in any other areas of the Refuge. Bicycles and horseback riders are welcome on all trails and roads other than those posted near the farm fields.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 12,138 acres 
Closest Town: Vernal

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Ouray NWR - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
To reach Ouray NWR, take U.S. Highway 40, 14 miles west of the city of Vernal, Utah. Turn south on State Highway 88 and travel 14 miles to the Refuge entrance. The Refuge office is located 1 mile down the entrance road.

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Ouray National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area