The primary means of traveling through the National Bison Range is
via personal vehicles. Although the roads are gravel, they are graded
and well maintained. Please give yourself enough time to enjoy the
trip at a leisurely pace.
These short one mile loop is located near the Visitor Center. It
is open to trailers and large vehicles over 30 feet long. Bison are
typically found here in the summer as well as white-tail deer and
numerous grassland bird species.
To promote viewing along Mission Creek, the Service has opened the
Prairie Drive to two-way traffic year round. This 14-mile roundtrip
gravel road travels east along the flats, allowing visitors to access
Mission Creek and Alexander Basin. This allows for access to the
creek from either direction (coming off the one-way Red Sleep
Mountain Drive or “backwards” from the Visitor Center area.
Because of the narrowness of the road along the Creek and heavy
traffic, there are new restrictions to the drive. Trailers and large
vehicles over 30 feet are not allowed on this route. Visitors may
leave their trailers at the Visitor Center Parking Lot. Also, please
obey the Do Not Enter signs posted at the end. By traveling past
this, you would encounter traffic coming on the one-way Red Sleep
Mountain Drive, causing a hazard.
White-tail deer frequent the creek bottoms and pronghorn antelope
are found in the open. No trails are found off this drive.
Red Sleep Mountain Drive (mid-May to early-Oct)
This 19-mile, one-way loop road gains 2,000 feet and there are
many switchbacks and 10% grades along the drive. For safety reasons,
no vehicles over 30-feet long nor any trailers are allowed on this
drive. Visitors may leave their trailers at the Visitor Center
Parking Lot. Allow at least 1 ½ to 2 hours to travel.
Watch for bighorn sheep at the higher elevations. Two walking
trails are located along this road.
PLEASE NOTE: There are new road restrictions for the scenic
drives starting this season. Please click link for more details.