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Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
The beautiful limestone caverns of this state park are home to the only known maternity colony of western big-eared bats in Montana. Guided tours through the caverns take about 2 hours and are offered May 1 through September 30. The tour guide usually points out the bats. Hikers going through ...
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Boulder River Natural Bridge and Falls
Description: A 70-foot-high waterfall plunges into a deep pool below the remnant of a natural arch bridge (once spanning the river) at this spectacular limestone canyon area along the Boulder River. Outside the canyon walls are foothills of open Douglas fir and limber pine forests broken by sagebrush and grassland. In the immediate distance is the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

Wildlife to Watch: Two trails offer good opportunities to see migratory birds in the summer-western tanagers, warbling vireos, mountain bluebirds, violet-green swallows, and Townsend’s solitaires. Golden eagles nest in the area and can be seen year-round. In the fall, black bears are common, as are yellow-bellied marmots, yellow-pine chipmunks, red squirrels, and mule and white-tailed deer. In the winter, look for elk, mule deer, and rough-legged hawks. An interpretive sign explains elk winter use in the area. Two miles past the natural bridge and waterfall is the Main Boulder Station, another good place to view songbirds. Grouse Creek Trail #14 leads from the station and is an excellent hike through quaking aspen and Douglas-fir forests; look for elk, mule deer, black bears, and a variety of birds, including ruffed grouse, white-throated swifts, and red crossbills. The trail is moderately difficult and ends 7 miles to the west at the West Boulder Campground.

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Other Activities: There are 2 trails on wither side of the canyon above Boulder River Falls. The northside are 2 trails on either side of the canyon above Boulder River Falls. The northside trail is a 0.25-mile paved loop trail with interpretive signs. The second trail crosses a wooden footbridge suspended over the river and dead-ends after 0.25 miles.

Ownership: U.S.D.A. Forest Service 
Size: 40 acres 
Closest Town: Big Timber

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Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Golden Eagle - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Interstate 90 at Big Timber, go 25 miles southwest on Secondary Route 298 following the main Boulder River. The site is 0.25 miles within the Gallatin National Forest boundary.

For more information call (406) 932-5155.

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Boulder River Natural Bridge and Falls : Wildlife Viewing Area