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This week's tour revolves around central Montana, an area where there isn't a whole lot of anything except ranches. The nearest town was Columbus. We were attempting to visit Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuge. We weren't able to find a road in that looked passable. So we decided to head for Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge. Check out the second set of photos to see what we discovered. Yes, that is a you may not enter sign. OKAY. Doesn't that defeat the purpose of a national park? My only thought is the entrance is somewhere else. If so, why not word it: "This is an exit. The entrance is here."?
In any case, the gate is in the middle of the road, and everyone has driven around it to the left side essentially creating a new road in. The roads inside the park are still there to drive on. We didn't attempt to do so as the whole road in is one big mud slick right now. Apparently if you drive on this stuff, all you'll do is get stuck. I think of it as quick mud. Without the snow and ice packed up on the trail, we'd have had a hard time walking in much less driving. As it was, we nearly left our shoes behind. Welcome to Montana. Well, in the summer that mud will be baked and hard as ceramic but you'll have trouble negotiating everyone's tire ruts. Yup, yet another reason to buy a jeep.
You can check out the federal government's blurb about this area here:
Hailstone / Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuges. Notice there is no mention about it being closed to the public. I'm not sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing.
The blog below may explain the closing, but I'm not sure doing so fixes the problem.
Hailstone listed as Refuge at Risk
Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures!
PS - No, I'm not sure what the boot on the fencepost is about. There were three of them. Frankly, it kind of gave me the willies.