Located adjacent to Highway 2, 2. 5 miles east of Walton Ranger Station outside Glacier National Park, is an exposed riverbank where mountain goats and other animals come to lick the mineral-laden cliffs. From the picnic area, a short paved path leads to an observation stand overlooking the waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.
The river's current has cut deeply into the easily eroded soil, creating steep drop offs and exposing a mass of gray clay containing minerals craved by the mountain goats and other animals.
The Montana Department of Transportation and Glacier National Park worked together to design a highly effective wildlife underpass below Highway 2, which allows safe passage for all species of wildlife. It's dangerous, however, to stop on the highway to look for critters. Please pull off at the picnic area and enjoy the view.