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When to Go

The prairie is worth a visit any time of year.

The Reserve can be explored by hiking, walking, driving, mountain biking, horseback riding, cross-country skies and snowshoeing. It is a serene and peaceful place where you can enjoy a bit of solitude and have a different experience each time you visit. Don't forget to check the weather forecast before you depart for the Reserve. ​

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SPRING
The arrival of spring is not only a period of abundance; it’s filled with the unexpected. Water fills seasonal streams and wetlands, bison calves appear overnight, and grassland birds arrive from across the country. As snow melts and moisture seeps into the soil, new growth and grasses emerge from sleep. The prairie is no longer a heavy winter blanket – it’s transformed into a vibrant quilt of color and bird song.
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SUMMER
Summertime means discovery. As if playing a game of hide-and-seek, prairie wildlife becomes attuned to a cycle of cool mornings and warm afternoons. Early-rising visitors are surrounded by the calls of meadowlarks and swallows, and the last slivers of evening light reveal burrowing owls perched at prairie dog towns. Long days fade into nights by the fire, and stargazers experience the prairie after dark, complete with coyote serenades.
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AUTUMN
A time of gathering, autumn serves as a reminder to prairie inhabitants that preparations must be made before the snow. Pronghorn come together to start their long migrations, and elk amass for the rut. Gradually, we say farewell to the birds that travel through the region on their way to other destinations. Sounds of antlers crashing and morning melodies transition to wind in the cottonwood trees.
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WINTER
Winter is far from lifeless. Deer and bighorn sheep are revealed against a backdrop of white, and raptors like Snowy Owls and Rough-legged Hawks anxiously await small creatures that venture from their burrows. Survival means action and there is no better time to witness predator and prey. Solitude seekers also find refuge here, where storms sneak across the horizon and blanket the world with quiet.