Birding in Montana's Centennial Valley

Centennial Valley Raptor seen while bird watching

The Centennial Valley is home to some of Montana's best birding--raptors, swans, sandhill cranes and sage grouse all take refuge across the untouched landscape. Avid birders flock to the Centennial Valley and the famous Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the many species that the valley is home to. There are various ways to experience the avian life in our area including:

Check out the Southwest Montana Birding Trail here or contact us to There are a number of ways you can enjoy and support the avian life on and around the J Bar L property--

  • Using the binoculars and guides provided in your home to observe the active bird life from their very own porch!
  • Plan a visit to our neighboring Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the Centennial Valley.
  • Check out the Southwest Montana Birding Trail Map for ideas about day trips or places to visit before or after your stay with us.
  • Ask the Guest Manager about scheduling a private birding guide. With a donation to Montana Audubon, we can arrange a private day of bird watching for you and your group with a professor from the University of Montana Western in Dillon.
  • We periodically hosts birding retreats--check our Specialty Weeks page or inquire with our Guest Manager for future opportunities


"The trip to the J Bar L was definitely an adventure...We saw 94 species of birds in the Centennial Valley--some life birds for some people... We will tell others of the J Bar L Ranch and the service you are doing for birds and the earth." -- Coeur d'Alene Audubon, Smith House, 2018