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National Bison Range sets holiday hours

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News from the National Bison Range

MOIESE — With winter weather keeping folks at home and a flurry of friends and family visiting for the holidays, people need time to get away and unwind. The National Bison Range is a great place to visit this festive time of year. The cold may be nipping at noses, but it can be a great time for wildlife viewing because animals typically are more active during the short winter days. 

The Bison Range is open daily from 7 a.m. to dark, which can come as early at 5 p.m. during the middle of winter. As long as the weather and road conditions cooperate, the scenic drives are open daily. The Winter Drive provides a 10-mile round trip along a gravel road located in the flats. Visitors may also take the shorter 1-mile West Loop Drive to look for wildlife. We suggest people give themselves about an hour to do the drives so they can go slowly enough to enjoy the wildlife and scenery. As the season advances, roads may become snowy and/or icy, so use caution when driving. No fees are charged during the winter season.

As an added incentive to visit the refuge, we will be holding the Christmas Book Sale at the visitor center during the entire month of December. Visitor center winter hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The visitor center will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27; Christmas, Thursday, Dec. 25; and New Year’s, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. On occasion, there may be other days the center is closed. 

Call 406-644-2211 for current information about road conditions and visitor center hours. Up-to-date information is also available on the website, www.fws.gov/refuge/national_bison_range.

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