Wild animals roam freely here in Montana, and when you stay with us, you will likely see several as you explore. Our unique setting attracts bald eagles who fish in the river, bighorn sheep who climb the steep rock mountains, black bears who fill up on berries.


Big sky country is also big bear country. Estimates suggest that Montana has between 13,000 and 17,000 black bears, making them much more common than the roughly 800 grizzly bears. We get occasional visits on our property from black bears, who like the choke cherries that grow here.

Black bear mother and her cub neighbors in a tree nearby. Credit: Photo by Helen Blake.

Bear hunting for berries by the river in early October.

Bear strolls across Hidden Canyon

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn sheep are common through the Missouri River canyon and the surrounding mountains. Just like domestic sheep, males are called rams and females are called ewes. Their hooves are made for mountain climbing and you may spot them high up on the steep mountain rocks on our property. Mountain lions are their biggest predator in our area.

A bighorn sheep resting in the grass nearby

A bighorn sheep posing near Hardy Bridge


A wide variety of birds populate the area, attracted to the cliffs and water’s edge. From the mighty bald eagle to the small yellow warbler, you will be amazed by what you see and hear in the sky.

Bald eagle fishing near angling boat

Fellow Raptors the Osprey, glides over the river.

Pelicans stop here during their migration

Belted Kingfishers

Yellow Warblers

Song Sparrows

Other Animals

Mountain Lion tracks in the snow near our property. They are stealthy, so we have yet to get a photo of this predator.

Deer on our property frequently delight our guests.

Hidden Canyon Lodge
2629 Old U.S. Hwy 91
Cascade, MT 59421

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