I had a few hours before I boarded a plane back to Portland (it turned out I had a few more, as the flight was delayed three hours), so I stopped by the expansive Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Surrounded by human development, including Denver International Airport, the refuge offered a peaceful prelude to the cacophony of the airport terminal.

I walked the Legacy Trail from the visitor center to Lake Mary and Lake Ladora and back, among White-tailed deer, Black-footed ferrets, and Black-tailed prairie dogs.

Sign that reads Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Trail along flat, desert ground

A lake with trees in the distance and grass in the foreground