Skalkaho Wildlife Preserve This isolated, mountainous wildlife preserve is forested with dense spruce and subalpine fir, amid beautiful lush meadows. The area is totally closed to hunting. more info
Lewis and Clark Caverns State Park
Description: 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 the caverns should also look for bushy-tailed wood rats.
Wildlife to Watch: A self-guided nature trail to the cavern entrance explains the natural surroundings and is a good place to see birds, including rock and house wrens, mountain bluebirds, white-throated swifts, wild turkey, rufous hummingbirds, and both green-tailed and rufous-sided towhees. Prairie rattlesnakes, bull snakes, and racers can be found near the caverns and along the trail. On the drive to the caverns, look for raptors (especially golden eagles and red-tailed hawks) overhead along the Jefferson River. Mule deer and coyotes are common on the scenic 3-mile drive to the visitor center.
Special Tips: Rustic cabins and a campground are open year-round. Contact FWP to rent cabins.
Bird list at Park Information Center and visitor center.
Size: 3000 acres Closest Town: Three Forks
Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
Driving Directions: From Three Forks, drive 19 miles west on Montana Highway 2.