Now that you’ve found the best place to visit in Montana and you’re starting to plan, we know what you’re thinking. What can I even do in Stillwater County? Don’t worry! We’ve mapped out some of the local favorite things to do in Stillwater County so that you can start planning the trip of a lifetime.
Avoid the crowds of big city tourist destinations, and come visit our version of paradise.
Top 10 Things To Do In Stillwater County
In no particular order we’ve listed 10 awesome things to do, without ever leaving Stillwater County. This is Montana, after all, so there is no end to outdoor recreation, but once you see the views, you probably won’t want to leave!
1. Float the Yellowstone and Stillwater Rivers
This is one of the most popular and fun activities in our favorite county. The Stillwater River is breathtaking and clear and flows into the Yellowstone River.
Whether you’re after a leisurely float, or are an adventure seeker, there are so many floating and rafting opportunities here. Check out Absaroka River Adventures or Adventure Whitewater, Inc and let them show you how Montanans have fun!
There are so many fishing opportunities in Stillwater County, you’d think that was our favorite thing about Montana. Clear water, lots of fish, and some of the best scenery you’ll ever see. Check out all the fishing access points in the area or better yet, book a guided trip!
A guided fishing trip gives you a world class experience, in which an experienced local angler shows you all of the best fishing spots, and is sure to be a trip you won’t forget! Try Stillwater Anglers, where they offer several different trip options for the Yellowstone, Stillwater, and Bighorn River!
3. Visit the Museum of the Beartooths
The Museum of the Beartooths is a place you don’t want to miss! Learn all about where Stillwater County got’s start, and discover the rich history of the 2nd Crow Agency.
A great opportunity for families and history lover’s alike!
4. Drive or Bike Highway 78 from Columbus to Red Lodge
The Beartooth Front Scenic Drive is one of the most beautiful drives you’ll make in your lifetime. A forty-six mile scenic journey, this route follows Highway 78 between the towns of Columbus and Red Lodge, Montana.
This highway runs along the northern front of the Beartooth Mountains, and people travel far and wide to see all the beauty of this drive, and enjoy all the stops along the way. Highway 78 connects to the Beartooth Highway, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America.
5. Camping at Itch-Kep-Pe Park and Woodbine
Itch-Kep-Pe Park is a free campground in Columbus that has space for tents as well as camper trailers. They have fire rings so you don’t miss out on smores and good ole campfire rings.
Did we mention that Itch-Kep-Pe has river access and a boat ramp? Plus restrooms on site. There are plenty of great places to camp in Stillwater County, and this is one of the best.
Woodbine Campground in Nye has been reviewed as one of the most picturesque campgrounds in Montana. Easy access to trailheads and a fantastic campground for tents and camper trailers. Even when the campground is full, it never feels crowded. There is also hiking and biking available, from an easy family-friendly walk to weekend-long adventures to gorgeous mountain lakes for the ultimate fishing experience.
6. Drop by The New Atlas Bar
A local Stillwater County treasure! The New Atlas Bar is the oldest liquor license in Montana and is full of classic Montana charm. From great food and drinks to unique taxidermy, this is one local stop you will not want to miss out on.
7. Hike and Bike in the Beartooth Wilderness
We doubt you’ll find better hiking or biking than in the Absaroka-Beartooth Mountain wilderness. Montana offers beautiful and serene trails, wonderful scenery, and the opportunity to see local wildlife. The annual Peaks 2 Prairie Adventure Race happens every spring and runs through Absarokee, Columbus, and Park City and offers the most beautiful views of the Beartooth-Absarokee Ranges. This is a MUST for cycling enthusiasts and those looking for things to do in Stillwater County! Don’t forget to see all of the hiking trails and locations and start planning your adventure today.
8. Visit Hailstone and Halfbreed Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuge started out as a flowage and no-hunting refuge easement and grew into what is now over 3,000 acres that receives the freshest water and most of the migratory bird use.
The Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the Big Lake Complex and is one of the most productive areas in central Montana for waterfowl. It was established as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Both of these refuges are available for exquisite bird watching and hiking, and they serve as a unique experience you might not find anywhere else!
9. Golf at Stillwater Golf Course
Golf at Stillwater County Golf Course and feel at home with beautiful views. The course is 9 holes and has a fully stocked golf course. Do we even need to say anything else? You can’t get much better than a bright sunny day on the course when it comes to things to do in Stillwater County.
10. Participate in Local Events
Be sure to check out our events page for all of the upcoming local events this summer! You don’t want to miss cool local happenings, like the 16th Annual Stillwater Montana BBQ Cook-Off or the 2018 Yellowstone Boat Float!
There you have it! Our top 10 recommendations for things to do in Stillwater County. Check back often to see what is going on in your favorite county, so that when it’s time to plan your perfect trip, you know where to start.