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Bitterroot Trail

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0.2 mile 0.3 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 5' 2 m
Descent: -13' -4 m
High: 4,425' 1,349 m
Low: 4,413' 1,345 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (1°)

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One of the only trails in the park that allows you to roam with buffalo.

Natalie Johnson

Features Birding · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Kids will love to see the huge Bison roaming the grounds.

Visitors welcome year-round, although there may be road closures due to weather conditions. Check with the park before visit.

Description

This short trail is one of the only places within the Wildlife Refuge where you're allowed to leave your car to roam with buffalo. From Summit Road, keep an eye out for a small pullout. The trailhead is easy to see, and the pull out is obvious.

The trail itself is an excellent place to get out of the car and stretch your legs. Keep in mind that you'll be entering into an open area with wild animals. It is important to keep the bison in mind as you make your way down the path. Take care not to startle the animals by talking or making other noise as you travel, and should you see one close up, just back away. Mostly, the animals will ignore your presence.

This is an amazing opportunity to be close with beautiful animals, but don't let their apparent docility fool you into thinking that they aren't wild.

Flora & Fauna

Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Dusky Grouse, Bitterroot flower, wildflowers.

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Aug 23, 2017
Mike Thomas
Beautiful buffalo and pronghorn 's. 0.2mi

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Bison grazing along Bitterroot Trail in the National Bison Range, MT.
Apr 7, 2016 near Ronan, MT
National Bison Range. with permission from Ge Nielissen
Apr 11, 2016 near Ronan, MT

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