Gallatin River Lodge Blog

Enjoying the Wildlife in Montana

Wide open spaces, the “Big Sky,” stunning snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls, and miles and miles of protected land…all for us to explore! Many guests who visit Montana are drawn to the state’s extraordinary beauty, regardless of what season, as each is spectacular to see. And, even though the animals probably do not think about this, I can’t help but notice that they may have the best view around.

Each evening at the Lodge, it is not just about our delectable dinner service, but it is also a time for wildlife viewing, as we are fortunate enough to have White Tail Deer, Sandhill Cranes, Canada Geese, Turkeys, Bald Eagles, a plethora of birds, a Porcupine on occasion, and this year, the Trout Pond has a resident Beaver. During the early mornings, typically around sunrise, and during the evenings, typically around sunset, are the best times to spot animals, as they tend to move around based on the Solunar Table.

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Not only does the Lodge itself provide an incredible opportunity for viewing wildlife, but Bozeman is located adjacent to the Gallatin National Forest, which has close to 2 million acres, which borders Yellowstone National Park, which is another 2.2 million acres. These two massive areas are home to over 350 species of animals. Many guests come to see Bears, Wolves, Moose, Elk, Bison, Fox, Badgers, Bald Eagles, and Wolverines to name a few. If you are coming for a visit, we encourage you to take some time to enjoy the many animals that call this place home. There are hundreds of hiking trails around Bozeman, and in the surrounding areas, opportunities for horseback riding (another great way to see wildlife), fly fishing adventures, and of course, trips into Yellowstone Park.

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Feel free to give us a call for special tips on where to locate wildlife based on your plans for exploration and travel in the area. Remember to give wildlife plenty of room to be in their natural environment. And, don’t forget your camera, a good pair of binoculars, and a little patience...and have fun!

-Lodge Manager, PJ Wirchansky


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