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  • Top view of Red Sleep Mountain Drive through windy Elk Lane with vehicles and bison.  FWS photo

    Last Days for Red Sleep Drive

    Red Sleep Mountain Drive will be closed from October 1 to October 7 while staff move bison. It will reopen afterwords through October 12.

    Operating Hours

  • Front view of the Visitor Center Building at the National Bison Range.  Bison Range photo.

    Summer VC Hours

    The Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through early October.

    Operating Hours

  • Large plume of smoke raising into blue sky from forested hill top.  NBR photo

    Stage I Fire Restrictions

    Stage I Fire Restrictions are in affect at all units of the National Bison Range Complex within Lake and Flathead Counties.

    Stage I Fire Restrictions

  •  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 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Red Sleep Mountain 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.

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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 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: Sep 22, 2015
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