When you think of places in America where you can see big wild animals up close, you tend to think of Yellowstone, Grand Teton, or Glacier National Park, but there is a place much closer than that for most Washingtonians that offers world-class wildlife viewing without the crowds.  That place is the Bison Range, located less than an hour’s drive west of St. Regis in western Montana.

The range is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation, where tribal members brought several buffalo calves in the late 1800s as bison populations plummeted towards extinction due to excessive hunting. In 1908 the U.S. Government established the National Bison Range, covering 18,766 acres, and populated it with bison from the herd established by tribal members in the area.