Around these parts we cherish our wild places and the wildlife who call them home. Western Montana’s Glacier Country is lucky to have 20 wildlife refuges that are protected public lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife and plants. One of our favorite places of refuge to visit is the National Bison Range in Moiese, Montana.
Located just off Highway 93 north of Ravalli, the National Bison Range, established in 1908, has 18,500 acres of terrain that’s home to an estimated 350 head of bison, as well as antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, coyote and black bear. It also has three scenic drives: Red Sleep Mountain Drive, Prairie Drive and West Loop. Since springtime has officially arrived in Western Montana, we decided to spend the day exploring this beautiful place.
Take a look at our day below…
Some things to remember when visiting the National Bison Range:
- There are three drives on the range: Red Sleep Mountain Drive (open mid-May to early October), Prairie Drive and West Loop (both open year-round). Learn more about all three drives here.
- Vehicles over 30 feet long are not allowed on the Red Sleep Mountain Drive.
- Dusk and dawn are the most active times to view wildlife. Check out some helpful hints for how and where to photograph wildlife on the range here.
- Front gate hours are 6:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- Cost to visit the range is $5 per vehicle.
- When visiting the range, take time to explore its nearby communities including Moiese, Ravalli, St. Ignatius and Charlo.
- If you’re looking to overnight near the National Bison Range (allowing for easy access to early morning views and prime wildlife-watching), check out Ninepipes Lodge near Charlo. You can also grab a delicious espresso drink at Great Gray Gifts next door.
- Last but not least, remember to bring your binoculars and have the best time.
May 1, 2018