Prairie Dog Towns

Prairie dogs are burrowing, colonial mammals that stand about 12 inches tall and weigh 1 to 3 pounds.

Expansive prairie dog colonies support a diverse array of wildlife including North America’s most endangered mammal: the black-footed ferret.

Watch prairie dogs give their characteristic warning and territorial calls, and look out for visitors to the town, like coyotes, badgers and burrowing owls.

You’ll enjoy the daytime activity of the owls, which bob their heads in excitement and wonder and hunt in their family groups. In spring, bird watchers are treated to the sight of juveniles, typically 3-7 chicks, hanging out at burrow entrances. Listen closely – the chicks make a hissing sound that mimics a rattlesnake.

Where can I find prairie dog towns?

There are several prairie dog towns in the Sun Prairie unit that are ideal for public viewing– specifically on the plains west of Buffalo Camp, accessible by crossing the footbridge over Telegraph Creek. Visitors to the PN can also see prairie dogs in the area marked as “The Big Sag” on our maps.

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Prairie Union School

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

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Horseback Riding

Bison Viewing

Bird Watching

Wild Skies and Stargazing


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