One hour North of Missoula, the National Bison Range is one of the USA’s oldest wildlife refugees. Established in 1908, it covers almost 19,000 acres and is a must visit. There are obviously bison, but you can also see pronghorn, elk, bear, and birds galore.
There two options for driving around the park, short and long. Take the long. It’s a one-way drive that takes you to the highest peak in park, where you can see into the valleys and North to Glacier National Park. Driving the long route takes about two-hours and there are some short hikes that you can take on the way as well. Once you drive the loop, there are picnic tables and space to run around near the entrance.
On the way back, we had to stop by a unique location in Montana: Ewam and Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. It’s a peaceful retreat that welcomes visitors and provides a wonderful break from travel.