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Saturday, August 23, 2014

National Bison Range


Every year on our way to Glacier we stop for a few days in Ronan just to hang out in the Flathead Lake area and “gear-up” for our duties as volunteer camp hosts in Glacier National Park. Ronan is at the foot of the spectacular Mission Mountains in the beautiful Mission Valley. (Here are some links to our past stays in the area. One  Two).

Ronan is also just a few miles from the National Bison Range – which for some unknown reason we had never visited. So, this year it was on our list.

The plight of the American Bison is well documented and this range has played an important role in the recovery of the bison since being established by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908.

Ok, being from Colorado and traveling through Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana we have seen our share of Bison and we (make that Rick) has eaten his share of Buffalo burgers and steaks. So, seeing Bison was not the primary reason we decided to visit the range. Rather, we had heard that the 19-mile (2 hour) Red Sleep Mountain Drive was worth the price of admission ($5.00 and Free for Sr. Pass holders) – and indeed it was.

We did indeed see wildlife and were treated to some wonderful views of Mission Valley.

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