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What to Pack

Part of the excitement when visiting American Prairie is the remoteness of the location and the unpredictability of wide-open nature.

You’ll need comfortable, casual clothes that layer easily, as weather changes quickly in Montana. It seems snow is possible any day of the year! The list below is a basic guideline; don’t forget to check the weather.


  • Warm jacket
  • Raincoat or waterproof windbreaker
  • Warm sweater or fleece
  • Long underwear top and bottom
  • Long pants
  • Shirts
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks, one pair wool
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip balm
  • Compass or GPS
  • American Prairie Visitor Map!
  • Good books


It’s a good idea to bring some emergency equipment any season of the year if you’re planning on traveling around the prairie. While we hope you won’t need it, the following equipment would be smart safety precautions whether you're visiting for the day or a week:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Stove and pot (to heat water or melt snow)
  • Water
  • Extra food and water
  • First Aid Kit
  • Spare tire and tire repair equipment
  • Tow strap