With mountains on 3 sides and the prairie to the east, Sweet Grass County is brimming with endless potential for outdoor recreation and business possibilities. Big Timber is the largest town within the county and sits in the valley formed by the confluence of the Boulder River and the Yellowstone River.
Big Timber is located approximately 60 miles east of Bozeman, and 80 miles west of Billings. It is right off interstate 90 and Highway 191.
Known for its magnificent scenery and western culture, it is no wonder both have been captured by Hollywood in such films as “A River Runs Through It” and “The Horse Whisperer”. West of town, the Absaroka Range rises to lofty heights, while in the east stretch the vast Great Plains. The Crazy Mountains’ jagged summits rise to the North of Big Timber towering more than 11,000 feet. The Gallatin National Forest and true Montana beauty surround this predominately livestock producing and recreational community.
As you stroll down their main street, you will meet an abundance of friendly people with a western hospitality from days gone by that seems to have been preserved just as well as the stores that line the street. Several stores have maintained their original charm and feel which give today’s tourist a special trip back through time. Enjoy small town pleasures such as a 1930’s soda fountain, antique shops, or just a shady bench to watch the world go by.
With all the stunning land surrounding this area, you mustn’t miss the chance to visit some of its main attractions. The Natural Bridge and Falls are just a quick 30 minute drive south of Big Timber. A paved path starts at the parking lot and meanders alongside the Boulder River. Along the trail, there are several viewing points with informational signs telling about the area, the falls, and the wildlife. In the spring, there are three separate falls that flow. Later in the year, the river flows underground to reveal the limestone bedrock.
Crazy Mountain Museum is the Place to go to discover the rich history of the Sweet Grass area. It has a permanent display of a one-room schoolhouse, a Norwegian Stabbur and artifacts, and a model of Big Timber in 1907. There are other seasonal exhibits that are sure to spark your curiosity, such as the Cremer Rodeo Exhibit and the Pioneer Memorial Gallery, just to name a few.
Prairie Dog Town State Park and Yellowstone Fish Hatchery give you a chance to check out some of the towns ‘other’ inhabitants. Just off interstate 90 at exit 377 is a town home to the notorious prairie dog. Loved and hated by westerners, these perky, burrowing creatures can be seen from spring to fall and on warm days in the winter. It’s fun for all ages and great little photo opportunity. The fish hatchery is a short stroll from down town Big Timber. Here you’ll be able to view the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout in all the stages of its life and to ask the biologist on hand any question you may have.
The Sweet Grass County area is a wonderful place to visit or live. There are a variety of businesses, social activities, and sights to see. With beautiful scenery, friendly people, and an exceptional small town atmosphere it won’t take you long to discover this for yourself.
If you are considering either visiting or relocating to this area, the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center can provide information on Sweet Grass County, the surrounding counties, Yellowstone Park, and the state of Montana.