Auto Tour Road

This 4.5 mile long level, gravel road offers views of the Refuge’s wetland and grassland habitats and Myrtle Creek. In addition there are views of the Cabinet and Purcell Mountains to the east and the Selkirk Mountains to the west. Along the length of the road are three pull-outs where you can stop and savor the quiet surroundings.

Auto Tour Road Early Spring © Laura Roady ()

On calm days it is possible to capture a reflective picture in one of the ponds. Near the second pull-out an eagle nest is visible. In addition to licensed vehicles the road may be used by bicyclers and walkers or hikers. In the winter the unplowed road offers a good surface for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.

A free pod-cast describing the features of the refuge that can be seen from the Auto Tour Road is available. Alternatively, a CD version of the description can be borrowed from refuge headquarters.

The Auto Tour Road begins at the refuge headquarters and exits onto Riverside Drive near Deep Creek. The road is open everyday during daylight hours, year around, weather permitting.