Gravelly Range, Montana
Black Butte on the crest of the Gravelly Range.
The Gravelly Range runs N-S on the west side of the lower Madison River Valley. It is a substantial mountain range, but is generally ignored by tourists who stare at the much more prominent Madison Range on the east side of the valley. The range has a vast, flower-filled and broad, rolling ridgetop that averages about 9500 ft. elevation.
In recent years, two wolf packs developed in the area -- the Gravelly Pack (later exterminated for killing sheep) and in 2001, the Freezeout Pack. The historic presence of wolves is indicated by names like Lobo Mesa and Wolf Creek.
There are many deer, elk, and moose, but also a high number of cattle and sheep in the Gravellys.