Stillwater County Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 783 • Columbus, MT 59019
Phone: 406-322-4505

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Absarokee is a small town with a lot of character. The name originates from the Crow Indians who, in the Hidatsa language, were referred to as Absarokee or "Big Beaked Bird." The white man referred to them as The Crow. The town of Absarokee used to be part of the Crow Reservation and the Old Crow Agency is just outside of town, marked with a plaque. Located on the Stillwater and Rosebud Rivers, the town sits about a mile away from the Bozeman Trail. Oliver Hovda built the first house, a pre-fab from Sears and Roebuck, in 1904.

Your trip through Stillwater County's "hidden valley" continues as you take the beautiful drive along Highway 78, south of Columbus, to Absarokee. The community has a swimming pool and a community park with tennis courts. Many recreational activities are available including whitewater rafting, horseback riding, fishing and camping. The friendly people you'll meet will fill you in on the best places to wet your line or if you like, leave the planning and outfitting to the guides and fly shops in the area. Though the town of Absarokee has never incorporated, it has continued to grow and flourish over the years with the guidance and assistance of a strong force of volunteers.

Absarokee hosts many of the spring and summer events held in Stillwater County. The Quick Draw & Art Auction, the Montana Barbeque Cook-Off and the Stillwater Art & Wine Festival are just a few.

Don't miss Absarokee Days, an annual event held the last weekend of July. A parade, barbeque and craft fair are only a few of the planned activities.

The Cobblestone Preservation Committee sponsors the annual Farmers Market held Labor Day weekend on the school grounds. Spend some time viewing the many quilts on display during the Annual Quilt Show. This event is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.

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