|May 16, 2013
National Bison Range’s Red Sleep Mountain Drive opened May 11
MOIESE — The staff of the National Bison Range would like to remind you that Red Sleep Mountain Drive opened for the summer season on Saturday, May 11. They are hoping that the worse of the spring weather is behind us and that road conditions will allow travel along the scenic drive. For up-to-date information, visit the Range’s new website by clicking here.
The main gate will be open by 6:30 a.m. and close at dark (check the gate for times). Morning and evening hours provide the best wildlife viewing opportunities. For visitors coming for an evening visit, you will need to start Red Sleep Mountain Drive no later than 6 p.m. to finish the loop before the main gate closes at dark. The Refuge closes to all public use at night and visitors need to plan to be off the Range by the time the main gate closes.
Also starting May 11, the Visitor Center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees for the scenic drives will be charged starting May 11. There is no charge for the Visitor Center and day use areas or for educational groups.
Be aware that the Winter Drive closes when Red Sleep opens for the season. This means that the road by Mission Creek becomes one-way and cannot be accessed from the Prairie Drive. And the 1-mile West Loop is also designated one way. Please follow all speed limit and traffic signs while visiting the Bison Range.
Due to safety concerns, large vehicles (over 30 feet in length), trailers and all other towed units are not allowed on Red Sleep Mountain Drive. They can be left at the Visitor Center parking area. The shorter, graveled West Loop and Prairie Drives are open for trailers, buses and large motor homes. Also for safety reasons, motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed on the graveled scenic drives but may access the Visitor Center and the Day Use Area.
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