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  • View of Red Sleep Mountain Drive, the curves of Elk Lane with vehicle and bison.  Bison Range photo.

    Red Sleep to Open May 7... weather and road conditions permit. Open daily, start by 6 p.m. Visitor Center on reduced hours until Memorial Day. NBR photo.

    Opening of Red Sleep

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Visitor Center Closures

    The Visitor Center will be closed from February 19 through early May of 2016. Scenic Drives will be open daily.

    Operating Hours

  • 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

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 8:00 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.

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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: Apr 27, 2016
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