The National Bison Range is a National Wildlife Refuge located in western Montana established in 1908 to provide a sanctuary for the American bison. The NBR is one of the oldest National Wildlife Refuges in the United States. The size of the bison herd at the NBR is relatively small, numbering between 350 and 500 individuals. The initial herd of American bison was provided by organizations such as the American Bison Society, and today the refuge serves as the central point for bison research in the United States.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Bison Range by using our Moiese online trip itinerary planner.
The NBR consists of approximately and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Other nearby National Wildlife Refuges are managed as parts of the National Bison Range Complex and include the Lost Trail, Ninepipe, Pablo and the Swan River National Wildlife Refuges. Also affiliated is the Northwest Montana Wetland Management District.
The NBR has a visitor center, and two scenic roads that allow vehicular access to prime viewing areas. The refuge is approximately one hour north of Missoula, Montana with signs off of U.S. Highway 93 directing visitors to the entrance at Moiese, Montana, and the refuge headquarters.
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We took a detour to the National Bison Range when driving from Bozeman to Kalispell, and we were so glad we did! Stop on the way in and get some Huckleberry Pie (you can't miss it), and then be... more »
(With acknowledgment to Jurassic Park :) ) - although we were here in the heat of the afternoon, we were fortunate to see some bison, antelope, elk, and deer. Not a ton of them, but exciting anyway... more »
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