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    Red Sleep Mountain Drive OPEN!

    Red Sleep Mountain Drive is now open for the summer season! Front gate opens at 6:30 a.m. Start Red Sleep by 6:00 p.m.

    Operating Hours

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

    Summer Hours for Visitor Center

    The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 15, 2017.

    Operating Hours

  • Yellow green and blue logo of Every Kin in a Park program, with tree, bird and children silhouettes.

    Every Kid in a Park

    We invite all fourth graders nationwide to obtain a free entry pass to federal public lands. For information on how, follow the link below.

    Every Kid in a Park

  • Close up of Rocky Mountain Tick.  Photo by Mat Pound, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

    Tick Warning!

    Spring is here and the Rocky Mountain Ticks are active on nice days. Check yourself after a day in the outdoors.

    Tick information at Center for Disease Control

Noteworthy News

Operating Hours

A variety of vehicles parked along side of scenic drive to view wildlife.  National Bison Range photo.May 17, 2017

The National Bison Range is now on Summer Season hours. Red Sleep Mountain Drive is open daily (weather and road conditions permitting). The Front Gate is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors will need to start Red Sleep Mountain Drive by 6:00 p.m. to finish the one-way drive before the front gate closes for the evening. The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more details, click on Operating Hours below.

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

  • Wildlife Sightings

    Picture of bighorn sheep on green hillside on National Bison Range. Most sheep are males or rams and have large curling horns. There are about 10 sheep in the photo.

    Visitors and staff having been seen lots of wildlife this summer including Rocky Mountain elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, Lewis' woodpecker, black and grizzly bears, and of course lots of plains bison. If you would like to see up to date reports, please our Facebook page for pictures and information.

    Facebook Page for NBR

    The National Bison Range Complex Is beginning the process to develop comprehensive conservation plans to guide all management activities and programs of the national wildlife refuges and wetland management districts of the Complex. For further information on the planning process, the upcoming public meetings, and how you may become involved in this important planning effort, please follow this link to the National Bison Range Complex planning website.

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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: May 19, 2017
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