- The three National Wildlife Refuges in Utah consist of wetlands which attract hundreds of bird species in this otherwise arid state. The three refuges include Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge, and Ouray National Wildlife Refuge.
Over 200 species of birds are found on the Ouray NWR. Management emphasis has been on waterfowl production and providing feeding/resting areas for migratory birds. In addition, the Ouray NWR potentially has some of the best flooded bottomlands habitat in the Green River system and may be a critical link to establishing self-sustaining populations of several species of endangered fish. Nearly 270 species of birds have been observed on the Fish Springs NWR. Located in the eastern portion of the Great Basin, it is one of the largest wetlands in that ecosystem. The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge contains over 74,000 acres of vitally important migration and production habitat for birds. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded at the Refuge and approximately 60 species breed here.
Recreation - The primary activities available on these refuges are related to bird-watching and wildlife viewing.
Climate - The climate of Utah varies with the terrain. Visitors to the mountains will experience cool summer nights and passing storms that can alter a sunny day very quickly. Be prepared with layers when recreating in the mountains.
The deserts and canyons of Utah can be dangerous places. Summer temperatures often reach above 100 degrees F, so be sure to carry water on all adventures. Flash floods in the canyons are also a threat. It is difficult to predict incoming weather when deep within a canyon so check reports before venturing into any narrow canyon areas.
The three refuges in Utah are spread across the northern half of the state. Ouray NWR is located in northeast Utah, along the Green River. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge is found on the northeast side the Great Salt Lake, west of Brigham City. Fish Springs NWR is located in an isolated area of west-central Utah.