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Broad Axe Lodge

Bighorns Outside the Window

View bighorn sheep

These animals can be seen from the Lodge restaurant consistently all winter long.

Broad Axe Lodge Site Map

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Field Notes

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.

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Habitat Link

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.

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Cultural Link

To reach the lodge, drive through Sula Basin and Ross' Hole, where Lewis and Clark camped in September, 1805.

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Viewing Tip

Guests 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 Hint

Please 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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Getting There

At Sula on Highway 93, take the East Fork Bitterroot Road. Drive 5-1/2 miles to the lodge.

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Contact

Tom and Barb Anderson, Broad Axe Lodge,
1237 East Fork, Sula, MT 59871; (406) 821-3878

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