National Bison Range Starts Reopening To The Public
Back in April, we told you about how the National Bison Range was closing down - like just about everything else around that time - due to Coronavirus concerns. Their plan was to reassess the situation after the governor's stay-at-home order was lifted, and it has been for a while now, but the range still remained closed.
Until now, that is. Starting this week, the National Bison Range has begun a phased reopening, meant to slowly bring things back to normal while still maintaining caution around the virus. Right now, they're in phase one - according to their website, here's what that entails:
- The entrance gate will be open from 6 am-6 pm.
- The auto tour will be open to vehicle visitors.
- Contract portable toilet and cleanings. Locate portable toilets in the visitor center parking lot through the summer tourist seasons.
- Keep the eastern Mission Creek Fishing access open, but well signed for hazards such as potential grizzly bears and bison in the area.
- Keep the Day Use Area and the associated trails closed.
- Close off (to the public) all facilities within the government quarters and maintenance areas of the Refuge with barricades.
- Keep the Visitor Center closed; with information to visitors provided through the general NBR brochure, social media, additional developed signage, and website.
When it becomes clear that each phase was handled successfully, they'll be able to start moving on to the next one. After four months of being closed, it'll be nice to have this part of Montana life back up and running.