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  • Two mule deer bucks bedded in snow during snow storm.  Photo by NBR volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.

    Bison Range now on Winter Schedule

    The Bison Range is now on Winter hours with the Winter Drive open through early May.

    Operating Hours

  • Two white trumpeter swans in flight against blue sky.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, USFWS

    Winter Hours for Visitor Center

    The Visitor Center is open Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed Fridays, weekends and Federal Holidays.

    Operating Hours

  • Far away view of black wolf on snowy hillside. Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer/USFWS

    Did I See a Wolf?

    It could be. Coyotes are much more common but wolves do move through the area and a few established packs are in the surrounding mountains.

    How to tell Wolves and Coyotes Apart

  •  Black and white graphic of motorcyclist riding along a bumpy road.  Photo from Microsoft Word.

    NOTICE - All Bikers!

    For safety reasons, motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed on any of the scenic drives. Details about access at link below.

    Motorcycles and Bicycles

Noteworthy News

Current Operating Hours

Replica of old wooden entrance sign to National Bison Range.  Photo by USFWS

The National Bison Range front gate is open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Winter Drive is open for the season. (Red Sleep is closed until May 2016)

Operating Hours

About the Complex

National Bison Range Complex

Complex Graphic

Three other National Wildlife Refuges as well as a Wetland Management District can be discovered along with the National Bison Range throughout the Flathead, Mission and Pleasant Valleys.

National Bison Range is managed as part of the National Bison Range Complex.

Learn more about the complex 

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS  

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Wild Happenings

  • A Moment in Time

    A group of light brown elk, including a large antlered bull, congregate in Mission Creek during the breeding season in the fall.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, USFWSSeptember 21, 2015

    The Elk are Bugling! The weather has finally cooled off, and the elk are becoming much more active as they enter into their mating season. The males are posturing and bugling, trying to attract females and ward off other bulls. Even though it is cooler throughout the day, morning and evening still best times to see elk activity. Watch as you travel through the forested areas near High Point as well as along Mission Creek. A few reminders to make you trip safer and more enjoyable: 1) Stay at your vehicle at ALL times unless on one of the designated trails; and 2) Do not use electronic or game calls at any time (includes elk calls and electronic bird songs). (Photo by volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick)

  • Recent Sightings

    Birdwatchers looking through binoculars.  Photo by Ronald Laubenstein, USFWS

    There is much going on at the National Bison Range with the changes in weather, changes in season. Check out what visitors and staff are seeing while they travel through the Refuge. And let us know what you’ve spotted on your most recent trip.

    Recent Sightings
Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Tick photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service,, Cape buffalo photo. ©John Storr, Wikimedia., 2013 Bird Day poster. ©Environment for the Americas
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2015
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