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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

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

    Red Sleep to Open May 9...

    ...if 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

  • Front View of the Bison Range Visitor Center.  NBR photo

    Spring Visitor Center Hours

    The Visitor Center will be on reduced hours through Memorial Day Weekend.

    Operating Hours

  •  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

  • 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 8:30 p.m. Winter Drive is open for the season.

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

  • New for 2015

    View along the gravel Prairie Drive, with Mission Creek along the north side of the road.  Photo by Pat Jamieson, Volunteer, USFWS.May 09, 2015

    A number of new and hopefully exciting changes are occurring at the National Bison Range this summer. First, to assist visitors in a better wildlife experience, the National Bison Range will keep the Prairie Drive (Winter Drive) open two-way through the summer. However, because the road is narrow in spots, for safety reasons, there is a new restriction excluding longer vehicles as well as any trailer or towed vehicle from the Prairie Drive (follow link below for more details). Second, because the Visitor Center will be on restricted hours, we have installed an “Iron Ranger” (located at Visitor Center Parking Area Kiosk) to allow visitors to pay fees for the scenic drives when the Center is closed.

    New Road Restrictions at National Bison Range
  • A Moment in Time

    A very young bison calf, reddish brown, stands in front of its dark brown mother.  Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, Volunteer, USFWSApril 17, 2015

    One of the first bison of the year – seen near the corral area on Friday, April 17, 2015. More and more should be born as we head towards the end of April and into May. Pronghorn antelope will start fawning sometime in May and watch for young deer and elk at the first of June. Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, USFWS volunteer.

    Seasons of Wildlife
  • 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
  • Is it Bison or Buffalo?

    Bison head view next to true buffalo head view.  Photos by Dave Fitzpatrick, USFWS and John Storr, Wikimedia

    We don’t really have buffalo in North America. The true buffalo are the Cape buffalo of Africa and the water buffalo of Asia. However, the American bison has been called “buffalo” for so long that we use the names interchangeably. Technically, these North American animals are bison and, sure enough, their scientific name is 'Bison bison', while buffalo are in the 'Bubulus' genus. All are related in the cow family but they have some physical differences, including horn shape and type of fur. To find out about more fun facts and trivia, follow the link.

    Bison Quick Facts
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 24, 2015


  • Red Sleep Mtn Drive OPENS May 9, 2015

    Red Sleep and bison.IN calendar.150x118May 09, 2015

    This is the day we plan to open Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season (weather and road conditions permitting, of course).

    Opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive
  • International Migratory Bird Day

    Poster for 2015 International Migratory Bird Day depicting a variety of birds and their habitat.May 09, 2015 - May 09, 2015

    We have planned a variety of events for the day. And the BIG event is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season.

    International Migratory Bird Day
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