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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

  • 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

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 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 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 pair of adult bald eagles, with white heads and tails, are among a group of cattle.  Photo by FWS Volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.February 02, 2016

    This a great time of year to see bald eagles, as well as some golden eagles, throughout the Mission Valley. Local ranchers are in the middle of calving season and the eagles clean up the afterbirth. Watch for eagles perched on power poles and fence posts as well as on the ground among the cows. Photo by FWS Volunteer Dave Fitzpatrick.

    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: Feb 02, 2016


  • Great Backyard Bird Count

    A group of birdwatchers following a Fish and Wildlife Service employee on a field trip into the woods.  FWS photoFebruary 13, 2016 - February 13, 2016

    You are invited to participate in a Great Backyard Bird Count at the National Bison Range. Meet at the Nature Trail.

    2016 GBBC promo poster
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