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    Red Sleep Mountain Drive OPEN!

    Red Sleep Mountain Drive is now open for the summer season! Front gate opens at 6:30 a.m. Start Red Sleep by 6:00 p.m.

    New Scenic Drive Opportunities

  • View of the National Bison Range Visitor Center looking up the front walk.

    Visitor Center on Limited Hours

    The Visitor Center is open the weekends of May 14/15 and May 21/22 but will be closed weekdays until further notice.

    Operating Hours

  • Yellow green and blue logo of Every Kin in a Park program, with tree, bird and children silhouettes.

    Every Kid in a Park

    We invite all fourth graders nationwide to obtain a free entry pass to federal public lands. For information on how, follow the link below.

    Every Kid in a Park

  • Close up of Rocky Mountain Tick.  Photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

    Tick Warning!

    The nice spring weather is bringing the Rocky Mountain Ticks out in great numbers. Check yourself after a day in the outdoors.

    Tick information at Center for Disease Control

  • Close up view of the bucket of a front end loader.  FWS photo

    Road Work on SR-212

    The Montana Highway Department is working on SR-212 the summer of 2016. This is the road at the Refuge's Front Gate.

Noteworthy News

Current Operating Hours

Replica of old wooden entrance sign to National Bison Range.  Photo by USFWSMay 10, 2016

The National Bison Range front gate is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Red Sleep Mtn Drive is now open for the summer season - start by 6 p.m.

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.

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Wild Happenings

  • A Moment in Time

    A brown and white osprey flies overhead with a fish in its talons.  Note that the fish's head is oriented facing forward, allowing for better aerodynamics in flight.  Photo by Robert Burton, USFWS.April 02, 2016

    As spring progresses, more and more migratory birds show up in the Mission Valley. Just this week, osprey have returned to set up their nesting sites. Watch for them carrying sticks to the top of dead trees or even poles. Note that the osprey carries fish with its head oriented facing forward, allowing for better aerodynamics in flight. Photo by Robert Burton, USFWS.

    Birds of the Bison Range
  • 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: May 10, 2016
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