There are few places where the only sounds you hear in the still of a moonlit night are calls of the trumpeter swans flying overhead. Or, where you might witness at the break of a day a bull moose appearing out of the early morning mist.  This is a a place where creeks flow freely, wildlife thrives, and a soul can get lost in solitude and wildness.  This is Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge.  The refuge, part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, is bounded by high mountains, with wetlands, wildflower filled meadows, grasslands, marshes, aquatic plants, and sagebrush communities, plus sand dunes, and forests. This rich system nurtures many mammals, waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, a variety of fish and, of course, invertebrates such as butterflies and other insects. The climate here varies throughout the year from extreme cold with deep snows to spring and summer rains with moderate temperatures with brilliant sunshine to high desert-like conditions. We are fortunate to have such an magnificent area with limited surrounding human development. For more information, please visit: www.fws.gov/refuge/red_rock_lakes/ .

 Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and the Centennial Valley 

Photo by Steve Altshuld

Photo by Steve Altshuld

Photo by Steve Altshuld

Photo by James Newt Perdue