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.

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