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  • View of Red Sleep Mountain Drive, the curves of Elk Lane with vehicle and bison.  Bison Range photo.

    Red Sleep to Open May 13... weather and road conditions permit. Open daily, start by 6 p.m. Visitor Center on reduced hours until Memorial Day. NBR photo.

    Opening of Red Sleep

  • 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 daily, weather and road conditions permitting.

    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

  • 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 view of the Winter Drive, covered in snow, and looking towards the Mission Mountains with a winter blue sky as backdrop.  USFWS photo.April 13, 2017

TThe Winter Drive is still open daily. Plans are to open Red Sleep on May 13 (weather and road conditions permitting). The Visitor Center is intermittently open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday (closed Fridays and weekends). The front gate is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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
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: Apr 13, 2017
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