Although the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone is a more fully developed facility, if you can’t get there and really want to see a grizzly bear on your trip to Montana, stop by Montana Grizzly Encounters (80 Bozeman Hill Rd., 406/586-8893, www.grizzlyencounter.com , 9 a.m.–7 p.m. daily summer, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Thurs.–Sun. winter, $7 adult, $5 children 3–12).
The center has rescued several bears that were bred in captivity but living pretty miserable lives. Their new home near Bozeman Pass provides a more natural environment while allowing visitors to watch them play, forage, and snooze. The center is still quite new and will likely expand as funds are available. It’s off I-90 at exit 319 between Bozeman  and Livingston .