This list represents the most popular birding in Montana. Use this list to plan your next Montana birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.
#1 Glacier National Park - East Side
East Glacier Park, MT
The east side of the park features less forested, more abrupt terrain, with an elevation gain of 5,925 feet from the lowest ...
#2 National Bison Range
The Bison Range is one of the oldest big-game refuges in the U.S., and was established in 1908 with the help of Teddy Roosevelt ...
#3 Blackfeet Indian Reservation
Any birding trip on the Blackfeet Reservation begins in Browning. In town look for House Sparrow and Black-billed Magpie. ...
#4 Beartooth Highway (Cooke City to Red Lodge)
Red Lodge, MT
The Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212), from Cooke City to Red Lodge, traverses from Montana into Wyoming and back into Montana, ...
#5 Glacier National Park - West Side
West Glacier, MT
The west side of Glacier is typically forested, gradually sloping terrain with an elevation gain of 7,032 feet from the lowest ...
#6 Dillon and the Big Hole Valley
Dillon was named for Sydney Dillon, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, who was instrumental in establishing the railroad ...
#7 Billings and Vicinity
The Billings area abounds with Indian history, beautiful scenery, good fishing, and excellent birding opportunities. General ...
#8 Freezout Lake
Freezout Lake (including Priest Lake) is one of the best birding areas in Montana. The lake is included in a 12,000-acre ...
#9 Mammoth Hot Springs, Wy, to West Yellowstone, MT via Norris & Madison
West Yellowstone, MT
Heading up the hill from the junction, the first major stop is the Upper Terraces, 2.1 miles south of Mammoth Junction (the ...
#10 Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and the Centennial Valley
Birding at Red Rock Lakes is spectacular. More than 50,000 ducks and geese may stage here during migration, and shorebirds ...
#11 Kalispell and Vicinity
The area around Kalispell is a fun place to watch birds. Vaux’s Swift is one species you can find right in the middle of ...
#12 West Yellowstone and Vicinity
The town of West Yellowstone is well-known to millions of tourists as a busy souvenir stop at the west entrance to Yellowstone ...
#13 Gardiner, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming
The birdlife of Yellowstone is highly underrated. Although bird concentrations are not extraordinary, the quality of birdlife ...
#14 Mammoth Hot Springs, WY, to Cooke City, MT via Tower Junction
Cooke City, MT
#15 Missoula and Vicinity
Missoula is one of the few places in Montana where the birding is excellent year-round. Missoula is the largest city in western ...
#16 Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Formerly called Custer Battlefield, the name of this national monument has been rightfully changed to recognize the Indians ...
#17 Lewistown and Vicinity
This beautiful little town nestled on the banks of Big Spring Creek is a pleasant place to visit and watch birds. During ...
#18 Pryor Mountains
Birding from Sage Creek Junction into the Custer National Forest and along Sage Creek can be rewarding. Likely sightings ...
#19 Bozeman and Vicinity
The rivers, forests, foothills, mountains, and rolling grasslands around Bozeman offer an array of birdwatching opportunities. ...
#20 Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Fort Smith, MT
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area consists of three components: the seventy-one-mile reservoir created when Yellowtail ...
A great little family hike! The falls are gorgeous See More
This is my home trail, great place for beginner to medium hikers and particularly pretty in the Fall See More
This is a beautiful place with views of Lake Superior See More