Trails and Maps
Binoculars are part of the table setting at the Broad Axe Lodge's restaurant. In winter, watch herds of bighorn sheep grazing on the snow-free hillside, along with elk and mule deer. In spring, view songbirds in the abundant brush and aspen by the East Fork Bitterroot River. Lodge hosts can direct you to birding sites in the area.Back to Top
Bighorn sheep depend on the low-elevation grasslands,outcrops and mahogany shrubs for winter survival. This East Fork winter range is also important for elk and mule deer. The Broad Axe Lodge and adjacent bighorn sheep range were designated a Montana Wildlife Viewing site in 1990.Back to Top
To reach the lodge, drive through Sula Basin and Ross' Hole, where Lewis and Clark camped in September, 1805.Back to Top
Viewing TipGuests and staff at the lodge have recorded sightings of moose and mountain lions. Although the restaurant provides binoculars for viewing, it's still a good idea to bring your own for exploring. Always view the bighorns and other wintering wildlife from a distance - remember, winters are difficult for wildlife and every calorie expended is costly.
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Helpful HintPlease park at the lodge and let the owners know you are there for nature viewing as part of the birding trail. The restaurant is open for dinner all year. Cabins sleep from 1-6 people.
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At Sula on Highway 93, take the East Fork Bitterroot Road. Drive 5-1/2 miles to the lodge.Back to Top
Tom and Barb Anderson, Broad Axe Lodge,
1237 East Fork, Sula, MT 59871; (406) 821-3878