Glamping is a term that many people hadn’t even heard of a few years ago, but right now it’s all the rage. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, glamping blends together camping and glamor, offering the fun and excitement of camping, including beautiful views of natural surroundings and recreational activities, but cuts out all of the inconvenience. Instead of buying and setting up your own tents and sleeping bags, everything is provided for you on site, just waiting to welcome you in. Many glamping locations can often all sorts of unique, eco-friendly forms of accommodation from yurts and cabins to treehouses and renovated trailers or wagons. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Best Glamping in Yellowstone
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More Ideas: Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center
Located in West Yellowstone, Montana, the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited nonprofit educational wildlife park, offering up-close experiences with bears, wolves, and birds of prey for families and children. In 1993, the Grizzly Discovery Center was opened by Lewis S. Robinson, intended as a sanctuary for Yellowstone-area bears that were no longer able to live in the wild due to overly domesticated or aggressive behavior.
Robinson sold the Center to New York management company Odgen Entertainment in 1995, which added a wolf exhibit featuring 10 wolves born in captivity. After Odgen Entertainment announced its intentions to close the Center in 1999, three of the Center’s managers formed a nonprofit corporation and purchased the Center and several plots of nearby undeveloped land for a sum of $1.7 million. Following the nonprofit acquisition, which included financing as part of a 30-year United States Department of Agriculture development program, the Center entered into a partnership with nearby Yellowstone National Park to host park programming. In 2002, the Center rebranded as the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center and added two buildings at the north end of the facility for museum exhibits.
Permanent Exhibits and Animals
Today, the Center operates as a nonprofit facility offering educational programming about grizzly bears, wolves, birds of prey, and other animals native to the Rocky Mountains. It is located one block from both the entrance to Yellowstone National park and the IMAX/Yellowstone Giant Screen Theater. Center admission allows visitors to explore the facility for two consecutive days, with facilities open 365 days a year.
All of the Center’s bears are rescued nuisance bears or orphaned cubs that were deemed unable to survive on their own in the wild. Bears reside in a combined indoor and outdoor naturalistic habitat that features a pool, waterfall, and private areas, and are regularly rotated to provide socialization among different groups of animals. Food is hidden throughout the habitat to provide bears with simulated natural opportunities for hunting, fishing, and discovery. Two groups of wolves reside at the Center, including the original High Country Wolves, which were rescued in 2006, and the River Valley pack, an unplanned captive-born litter. A seasonal raptor exhibit with weekly programs is also offered between May and November, showcasing birds of prey that can no longer be released into the wild.
The Center’s museum features the Bears, Imagination, and Reality exhibit, which was developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota and permanently installed after a United States tour. At the interactive exhibit, the mythology of bears in American art and folklore is compared to scientific knowledge about the animals collected by researchers and wildlife experts. More than 25 taxidermy mounts are showcased within six thematic areas, shaped around naturalistic habitat settings that explain the animals’ food, behavior, and social traits.
Between the Center’s two wolf habitats, a Naturalist Cabin offers up-close wolf experiences from the comfort of a safe, climate-controlled space with floor-to-ceiling windows. A large fireplace area is offered for relaxation, and interpretive exhibits and a National Geographic film on wolves are offered as educational resources about the animals. Daily Wolf Pack Chats and Enrichment programming is also presented by Center staff.
Future plans for exhibits include a Riparian Habitat Pavilion, examining the effects of bears and wolves on complex ecosystems including river otters, boreal toads, and cutthroat trout, and an expanded bear exhibit that will allow housing for more bears and a new underwater viewing cave platform.
Ongoing Programs and Education
Staff presentations and demonstrations are offered daily at the Museum Theater, including programming presented in conjunction with Yellowstone park rangers. Rotating daily presentations include Wildlife Watching discussions, Raptor Rap presentations, and meet-and-greet events with resident Karelian bear dog Nakiska, who helps with bear management at the Center. Demonstrations on animal safety are also offered, including pepper spray demonstrations and educational programming on human-bear interactions and feeding. A 30-minute Keeper Kids program is also offered for children ages 5-12 throughout the summer months, including ranger-led experiences hiding food within bear habitats.
Guided and self-guided tour opportunities are offered for elementary and secondary student groups of all sizes, including joint tour opportunities with the nearby IMAX/Yellowstone Giant Screen Theater. Personalized classroom outreach programs may be scheduled on an individual basis by contacting the Center’s Education Department. As a committed wildlife conservation facility, the Center works with a variety of area programs to preserve and protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, including the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, the Wind River Bear Institute, and the National Park Service.
201 S Canyon St, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, Phone: 800-257-2570
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More Ideas: National Bison Range
A good place for visitors to start their time at the National Bison Range, MT is the Visitor Center. The center's knowledgeable staff are available to provide all kinds of information on the area, including information about current flower in bloom, photo opportunities, and wildlife sightings. There are several exhibits within the Visitor Center that display the conservation and natural history of bison. Exhibits covering Native American history, local history, and the history of the Refuge can also be found. Guests can also view an orientation video.
For visitors who are more outdoor enthusiasts or eager to see wildlife, some of the best opportunities for photography and wildlife viewing available can be had at the National Bison Range. Wildlife in the area are accustomed to vehicles passing by, and if visitors follow some hints and tips that can be found on the site's website or at the Visitor Center, there will be a greater likelihood of catching a glimpse of animals. Following certain guidelines will also make things more enjoyable for fellow wildlife viewers and less stressful for the wildlife.
The primary means of getting around the National Bison Range is by car. Visitors can choose from a number of different drives to explore the land. One such drive is the Red Sleep Mountain Drive, open from the middle of May to early October. The one-way nineteen-mile loop road features a 10% grade and several switchbacks. Visitors should allow 1.5-2 hours for the drive. Bighorn sheep can be seen at higher elevations, and two walking trails can be found along the drive.
One of the trails along the Red Sleep Mountain Drive is the half-mile Bitterroot Trail. This roundtrip walk is fairly rocky, but fairly flat. The trail is a good place to view the bitterroot, Montana's State Flower, in bloom during the summer, hence the trail's name. Wildflowers are also found prominently along the walk. The Refuge's highest point can be reached by the roundtrip one-mile High Point Trail. The trail starts at the Geology Display, presenting information about Glacier Lake Missoula, along the Service Road. The trail features a steep incline, however, the view from the top cannot be seen on any drives. It's possible to spot Bighorn Sheep from this trail as well.
The roundtrip fourteen-mile Prairie Drive is open to visitors year-round. This gravel road heads along the flats, providing access to Alexander Basin and Mission Creek. Pronghorn antelope can be seen in the open, and white-tail deer can often be found at the creek bottoms. The one-mile West Loop offers a much shorter drive for those short on time. White-tail deer, bison, and several species of grassland birds can be seen along the way during the summer.
Two other trails available to visitors are the Nature Trail and the Grassland Trail. The Nature Trail, found in the Day Use Area, is a one-mile path traveling along Mission Creek and around ponds. Dense junipers and large cottonwoods offer cavity nesting birds a great habitat in which to live, including northern saw-whet and pygmy owls, wrens, chickadees, and woodpeckers. Behind the Visitor Center, the short Grassland Trail offers views in the spring of prairie wildflowers.
58355 Bison Range Road, Moiese, Montana, Phone: 406-644-2211
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More Ideas: Lewis and Clark National Forest
Located in north and central Montana> along the upper Missouri River system, the Lewis and Clark National Forest is named after Lewis and Clark because of their expedition through the waterways and lands. Elevation in the national forest ranges from 4,500 feet to the Rocky Mountain Peak's 9,362 feet. Landscapes from mountain peaks to rugged ridges to broad prairies can be seen throughout the land. Twenty miles of nationally-acclaimed blue-ribbon trout stream on the Smith River provide excellent fishing opportunities, along with fourteen boat camps. More than sixty other streams support westslope cutthroat trout, one the upper Missouri River basin's native fish.
Forests of lodgepole pine and douglas fir surround beautiful mountain meadows and grassy parks. The Lewis and Clark National Forest also consists of the Bob Marshall-Great Bear-Scapegoat Wilderness Complex. A handful of small man-made and natural lakes, as well as 1,600 miles of perennial streams, provide visitors with an opportunity to fish for mountain whitefish and trout. A broad array of other wildlife also call this national forest home, including gray wolf, peregrine falcon, grizzly bears, lynx, black bears, bald eagles, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, blue grouse, deer, and elk. There are also several popular sites for viewing migrating waterfowl.
Within the Lewis and Clark National Forest is the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. The building, which spans 25,000 square feet, features a permanent exhibit hall, a retail store, a classroom for curriculum-based hands-on activities, and a theater that seats 158 people. The center follows the expedition of Lewis and Clark, and can be found near the Missouri River's great falls. The Interpretive Center brings the story of the adventure during the nineteenth century to life, from the vision of President Thomas Jefferson of the expansion of America to the native peoples of the west and the experiences of the expeditionary corps. Visitors can also learn about the area's native animals and plants, as well as try their luck with wilderness skills.
The lands of the forest were established and defined in 1897 by the federal government, after the Treaty of 1896 with the Blackfeet, which established their adjacent reservation. The Lewis and Clark National Forest is one of the nation's oldest forest preserves, named after the men whose expedition that explored the Louisiana Purchase passed through the region from 1804 to 1806. Before this time, various Native American peoples inhabited the area for at least eight to ten thousand years. When the expedition passes through the region, different parts of the expansive forest territory were used by people of the Crow, Flathead, Cheyenne, Sioux, and Blackfeet nations for seasonal winter camps and hunting. The forested areas offered shelter from the winter.
Visitors have the chance to stand exactly where Lewis and Clark once stood, think about what they saw and explore what has changed since their time. Formally known as the Lewis and Clark National Forest, this forest was combined with the Helena National Forest in 2015. The national forest is now known as the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
4201 Giant Springs Road, Great Falls, Montana, Phone: 406-791-7700
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