|UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge|
One of the nation’s few prairie wilderness area, this extremely remote refuge features native grasslands that give way to steep breaks overlooking the Missouri River. The area contains one of the highest densities of black-tailed prairie dog populations in the United States.<br><br>
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Medicine Rocks State Park
|Description: The unique sandstone rock formations at this park are surrounded by prairie grasslands and ponderosa pine forests. President Teddy Roosevelt once described the area as “fantastically beautiful a place as I’ve ever seen.”|
Wildlife to Watch: The park is an excellent place to see raptors of all kinds-red-tailed hawks, American kestrels, northern harriers, and ferruginous hawks. Golden eagles, Merlin’s, prairie falcons, and cliff swallows nest on the cliffs. The prairie grassland holds sharp-tailed grouse and a variety of songbirds, including the western meadowlark, mountain and eastern bluebird, rufous-sided towhee, and red-breasted nuthatch. A recent burn in the ponderosa pine forest has provided good habitat for woodpeckers. Mule deer and pronghorn are frequently seen. There is a large prairie dog town just west of the park (on private property, so look from afar), and red foxes and coyotes are sometimes seen hunting there. The Eagle Rock and Castle Rock areas are good for short walks. Look for horned lizards, bull snakes, and prairie rattlesnakes.
Ownership: BLM, FWP
Size: 316 acres
Closest Town: Ekalaka
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