Located in south central Montana, Stillwater County consists of 1,793 square miles with geographic features that range from the Beartooth-Absaroka Wilderness Area at the southern end of the county, to the Stillwater and Yellowstone River Valleys in the central section, to the lake basins, coulees and rolling plains at the northern end. Stillwater County has it all!
Explore the Stillwater Valley...a 75 mile stretch of two lane roads that starts at Columbus, travels through Absarokee to Fishtail, Dean and Nye. Discover our "Hidden Valley" where you'll find the surroundings peaceful and the scenery breathtaking.
Your travel through Montana's incredible "hidden valley" begins here. Nestled between the Yellowstone River and I-90, Columbus, the county seat, is a full service community. With a population of nearly 2,000, Columbus offers a wide variety of recreational, business and social services. Four city parks offer swimming, tennis, basketball, horseshoes and baseball fields with walking/jogging tracks. Camp, fish or float the Yellowstone River at Itch-Kep-Pe Park. Take time to visit the Museum of the Beartooths for an understanding of area history. Get off the interstate at Columbus to start your trip to Yellowstone National Park via the beautiful Highway 78 to Red Lodge and the breathtaking Beartooth Pass.
The annual Musician's Rendezvous in August is a must hear for the acoustic aficionado. The Rendezvous was inspired by Columbus' "Festival of Strings" and Doc Allison's "Old Time Fiddlers Picnic" in Livingston. Musicians have been known to travel from around the world to join together on the banks of the Yellowstone River at Itch-Ke-Pe Park. Bring your instrument or just come to listen!
Don't miss the “Clark on the Yellowstone Canoe Camp” in July. You are invited to the historical re-enactment of how Clark's group built canoes for their journey down the Yellowstone River.
The summer months hold something for everyone! The annual Freedom Celebration, the Jim Noble Memorial Car Show and the Stillwater County Fair are just a few.