Although limited in number and short in distance, the trails at the National Bison Range can provide visitors with a way to slow their pace and enjoy nature in a more relaxed manner.
Located in the Day Use Area, the 1-mile Nature Trail is open year-round and parts of the trail are paved and accessible. It travels around ponds and along Mission Creek. Large cottonwoods and dense junipers provide excellent habitat for cavity nesting birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, wrens, and pygmy and northern saw-whet owls. Signs along the trail help interpret the plants and animals living here.
The short 1/4 mile Grassland Trail accesses the area behind the Visitor Center and is also open year round. Although very short, it does provide access for viewing prairie wildflowers in the spring.
During the summer season, visitors along Red Sleep Mountain Drive can choose to walk two trails. The 1/2-mile roundtrip Bitterroot Trail is fairly flat but also fairly rocky. As it names suggest, it is a great place to see the Montana State Flower, the bitterroot, in bloom in June. Wildflowers are prominent along the trail and dusky grouse sometimes display in the area during the spring.
Visitors can hike to the highest point of the Refuge (4,885 feet above sea level) along the 1-mile roundtrip High Point Trail along the Service Road starting from the Geology Display, which presents background on Glacier Lake Missoula. This trail does have a steep incline but views from the top take in areas not seen from the drives. Bighorn Sheep can sometimes be seen from this trail.