Petty Creek Bighorn Sheep Viewing Site

This is a good place to view bighorn sheep, which feed on the grassy slopes and find safety on the canyon cliffs and talus slopes. Hike the 0.5 mile gravel trail that winds up through the talus rock and Douglas-fir and look for bighorns, pika and rock wrens at the top of the trail.

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Restrictions: Please view our Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Alberton, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: None
Information Center: Ninemile Ranger District, 406-626-5201

General Information

Directions: From Missoula, drive 25 miles west on Interstate 90 to the Petty Creek exit. Take Petty Creek south 5 miles to a roadside pull-off and trailhead.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Viewing Wildlife

Two interpretive signs are on display, one at the trailhead and the other at the top. They describe bighorn sheep natural history and the plants and animals that depend on this rocky habitat.
Species bighorn sheep, pika, rock wrens
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Interpretive Areas

Two interpretive signs, one at the trailhead and the other at the top, describe bighorn sheep natural history and which plants and animals depend on this rocky habitat.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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