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Going-to-the-Sun-Road

Going-to-the-Sun-Road

Join Misty Mountain Soy Candles as we drive along one of the most beautiful roads in America, Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Western Montana, USA.

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Places to See in Western Montana: The Bison Range

Places to See in Western Montana: The Bison Range

Not far from Missoula, Montana is a hidden jewel of natural wonders. In Moise, Montana you will find the CSKT Bison Range. Formerly known as the National Bison Range, it was turned back to the rightful proprietorship of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in 2021.
Upon arriving at the range, you will see the parking lot and the visitor center at the top of the hill. This is a fee area, and you must stop and buy a pass. They offer a day pass or even a yearly pass.
This is like being on a safari, you will see lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery. You have three choices for loops to start your drive on, The West Loop, Red Sleep Road, and Prairie Drive.
The West Loop is a short loop where you can sometimes see Pronghorn, Deer, Elk and a variety of birds and other critters. Also there is a great view of the Jocko River.
Red Sleep Road is only open part of the year and you need to allow at least 2 hours to traverse it. It is definitely worth it. It’s partly a one way loop until you reach Antelope Flats, then the road joins with Prairie Drive and becomes two way. This road snakes up the mountain and into various riparian landscapes making you feel transported to another place. You can see bears, bison, elk, deer, lots of birdwatching and other small creatures. There are two paths you can walk on, the 1/4 mile Bitterroot trail with exquisite Mountain views, and the 1 mile trail. Both are worth the stop, just make sure you are packing bear spray as this is Bear country, both Grizzly and Black Bears call the range home. Practice safety when out of your car at the designated locations.
Prairie Drive is the last option and is open year round. Allow an hour to tour it all. Bison herds come down to the road and you can safely view them from your car. It’s a wonderful experience for the whole family. Also the views of the Mission Mountains are breathtaking. You can see Elk, deer, birds of prey, pheasants, grouses, partridges, ducks, geese, antelope and of course bison if you are lucky.

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