many options for enjoying what the Arsenal has to offer.
|Buffalo crosses the road at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal|
Today the Rocky Mountain Arsenal is the home to a herd of buffalo, as well as Mule Deer, coyotes, the Bald Eagle, Northern Pike and more.
I recently took my kids to the Arsenal for some easy hiking while parts of the front range were covered in snow. My son loves to see bison and it was the highlight of his trip to Yellowstone National Park a few years ago. The buffalo herd was one of the main reasons we chose to visit the Arsenal. Unfortunately there aren't many places anymore that give you the chance to see herds of buffalo in what is a mostly wild setting. We weren't disappointed and saw buffalo as soon as we entered. As we drove through the Arsenal we had buffalo crossing the street as cars pulled off to the sides to watch them pass. It is a scene that you would expect to see more in one of the more famous national parks, namely Yellowstone.
|Buffalo graze along the Colorado front range.|
As the photo to the right shows, we were able to see the buffalo grazing below the Colorado front range. Although the buildings and power lines detract somewhat from the overall experience of seeing the buffalo, it was still impressive to see the buffalo roaming in an area that they have all but been wiped out of.
|Mule Deer at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.|
Much of Lake Ladora and Lake Mary were still frozen during our trip on the trail around the larger lake. While you can fish it during the summer, it was closed to fishing during our trip. I have heard that the the lakes are well known for producing some of the best Northern Pike that you can catch along the front range. I hope to come back later in the summer to try it out for myself. If you decide to go to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal to fish it, make sure you check out the current fishing regulations here.
|Northern Pike at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.|
Once we were ready to leave the park we decided to check the area for some nearby geocaches. There doesn't appear to be any caches in the Arsenal itself, but there are quite a few around the perimeter and by the nearby Dick's Sporting Goods park. We found several of the caches and as we were looking for one last cache at the nearby soccer fields we noticed a couple coyotes cruising along between the edges of the soccer fields and the road. One of the coyotes appeared to have mange, but the second looked pretty clean. I was able to get a nice shot of the better looking coyote at the edge of one of the fields. Check it out below:
|Coyote near the Rocky Mountain Arsenal|
What are your thoughts of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal? Have you caught any great Pike, or taken an amazing Bald Eagle photo? Let me know your favorite part about the Arsenal in the comment section below.