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Medicine Rocks State Park
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.”
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UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge
Description: 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.

About 1.25 miles south of the refuge boundary on Refuge Road 212 is a display that interprets the prairie ecosystem.

Wildlife to Watch: The extensive dog towns attract coyotes, badgers, burrowing owls, golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, and during fall migration, Merlin’s. This is one of the best spots in Montana to see mountain plovers.

It’s the site of a black-footed ferret (often called the nation’s most endangered mammal) reintroduction, and one of the state’s best places to find burrowing owls, as well as prairie rattlesnakes and elk. The Valentine Creek area (along Refuge Road 416) is a good spot to observe mating rituals of sage grouse in the spring. For dependable bighorn sheep viewing, take Refuge Road 418 to its end and hike up either Brandon Butte or Mickey Butte-both are spectacular.


Other Activities: The Hawley Flat area (near Refuge Roads 319 and 219) is an excellent spot for the start of a walking tour.

Mountain bicycling is possible on much of UL Bend, but watch out for prickly pear cacti.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 56,049 acres 
Closest Town: Zortman, Malta

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Black-tailed Prairie Dog - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From Malta, follow U.S. Highway 191 south for 24 miles to dry Fork Road, turn left, and drive east for 15 miles. Enter the refuge on Refuge Road 212, continue south for 1.5 miles, then turn east (left) onto Refuge Road 201 into the UL Bend area. A refuge map is needed; pick one up at administrative sites in Lewistown, Fort Peck, Sand creek and Jordan.

For more information call (406) 538-8706.

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UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area