Best Birding in Montana

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.

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#1. Glacier National Park - East Side


The east side of the park features less forested, more abrupt terrain, with an elevation gain of 5,925 feet from the lowest point (4,541 ft) to the highest point (10,466-foot Mount Cleveland). Here th…
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#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 and the American Bison Society. Today this 18,541-acre refuge has an ass…
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Moiese, MT - Birding
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#3. Beartooth Highway (Cooke City to Red Lodge)


The Beartooth Highway (U.S. 212), from Cooke City to Red Lodge, traverses from Montana into Wyoming and back into Montana, crossing some of the highest and most spectacular country in the Big Sky stat…
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Red Lodge, MT - Birding
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#4. Blackfeet Indian Reservation


Any birding trip on the Blackfeet Reservation begins in Browning. In town look for House Sparrow and Black-billed Magpie. Also stop in at the Museum of the Plains Indian, open from June through Septem…
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Browning, MT - Birding
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#5. Glacier National Park - West Side


The west side of Glacier is typically forested, gradually sloping terrain with an elevation gain of 7,032 feet from the lowest point (at 3,110 feet) to the highest point (10,142-foot Mount Stimson). S…
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West Glacier, MT - Birding
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#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 line from Ogden, Utah, to Butte, Montana. The name “Beaverhead” aptly des…
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Dillon, MT - Birding
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#7. Billings and Vicinity


The Billings area abounds with Indian history, beautiful scenery, good fishing, and excellent birding opportunities. General Information: Billings is called the “Magic City” because of its phenomenal…
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Billings, MT - Birding
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#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 wildlife management area operated by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife a…
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Choteau, MT - Birding
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#9. Mammoth Hot Springs, Wy, to West Yellowstone, MT via Norris & Madison


Heading up the hill from the junction, the first major stop is the Upper Terraces, 2.1 miles south of Mammoth Junction (the following mileage readings taken from Mammoth Junction). Take the short, one…
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West Yellowstone, MT - Birding
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#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 are also found during this period. General Information: Red Rock Lakes, creek…
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Lima, MT - Birding
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#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 town. A massive ice age glacier was responsible for the landscape patterns seen…
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Kalispell, MT - Birding
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#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 National Park. But the area is rich in history and offers excellent birdi…
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West Yellowstone, MT - Birding
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#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 is. General Information: A trip through Gardiner is not complete unless on…
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Gardiner, MT - Birding
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#14. Mammoth Hot Springs, WY, to Cooke City, MT via Tower Junction


The birdlife of Yellowstone is highly underrated. Although bird concentrations are not extraordinary, the quality of birdlife is. The tall expansion bridge known as the High Bridge, approximately 0.6…
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Cooke City, MT - Birding
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#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 Montana. It is popularly known as the “garden city” due to the abundance…
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Missoula, MT - Birding
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#16. Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument


Formerly called Custer Battlefield, the name of this national monument has been rightfully changed to recognize the Indians who also fought in this famous battle on the hills above the Little Bighorn…
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Hardin, MT - Birding
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#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 the heat of summer, Lewistown is an oasis on the plains with its numerous shade…
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Lewistown, MT - Birding
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#18. Pryor Mountains


Birding from Sage Creek Junction into the Custer National Forest and along Sage Creek can be rewarding. Likely sightings include Common Yellowthroat, American Crow, Yellow-breasted Chat, Lazuli Buntin…
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Bridger, MT - Birding
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#19. Bozeman and Vicinity


The rivers, forests, foothills, mountains, and rolling grasslands around Bozeman offer an array of birdwatching opportunities. General Information: The city of Bozeman is named after John Bozeman, the…
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Bozeman, MT - Birding
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#20. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area


Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area consists of three components: the seventy-one-mile reservoir created when Yellowtail Dam was constructed at Fort Smith, Montana, in 1964; the canyon; and the ro…
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Fort Smith, MT - Birding
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