Elk NetworkOld Stage Road, Montana – onX Public Access Project

onX Public Access | November 6, 2021

Montana’s Missouri Breaks country is known for its unique geological features like deep ravines contrasted by irrigated hay bottoms and fields of alfalfa, corn and grain.

That translates into excellent habitat for healthy populations of elk and other wildlife.

But depending on exactly where you’re talking about, getting there to go hunting or fishing can be a challenge.

South and east of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge just off Highway 200, you’ll find Old Stage Road.

The un-graveled roadway pushes north 32 miles along the Musselshell River.

One section of it, ironically known as Angel Hill, gave drivers a devil of a time getting up and over it.

Because of its estimated 18 percent grade, it transformed into a sloppy, unsafe mess during inclement weather, let alone everyday use.

To remedy the situation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Garfield County and private landowners provided funding for resources over several seasons to allow crews to restructure the hill, widen and grade the road, and add culverts and gravel.

The result is a much safer roadway and improved public access for all.