stanford bluebirds birding trails


On US 87 in Stanford, turn south at Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest access for Dry Wolf; first bluebird box 2 miles. At 4.2 miles follow signs to Dry Wolf Campground. Retrace route 6.3 miles, turn east on gravel road for five miles. Turn right at 'T' intersection, following the widest, best-graveled roads at any junction until you reach bluebird box number 91 in 10.7 miles. Retrace route to sign for Stanford. Follow signs down Running Wolf drainage to starting point in 11.7 miles.

General Information

This high-occupancy trail has fledged more than 7,000 bluebirds since 1992. Best bluebird viewing April through August.


Grasslands, coniferous woods, aspen, streamside, burned forest, wetland.

Highlighted Species

Mountain bluebird, mountain chickadee, hairy woodpecker, gray catbird, western tanager, Lazuli bunting, sharp-tailed grouse (perhaps); American dipper (Dry Wolf Campground).

Facilities and Services

Camping, vault toilets, trails at Dry Wolf; food, gas, and lodging in Stanford.


Judith Basin County Library
109 Central Ave.
Stanford, MT 59479
1-406-566-2277, ext 8