Western Hospitality Montana Style
Sweet Grass County is a beautiful area for vacationing with many different types of outdoor recreation. Mountains are nearby for hiking, camping and hunting. The Yellowstone River and Boulder River offer excellent fly fishing, rafting,The Grand Hotel, Big Timber Montana wildlife observation and much more...
Our Rodeo, Sweet Grass Fest, and County Fair are fun for the whole family. On a stroll down our main street, you will find friendly people and inviting shops filled with everything a person needs for their stay in Sweet Grass County. Montana Made gifts, western jeans, hardware, health foods, restaurants, and sports supplies are all within walking distance. Several stores have kept the old look from days gone by. Visit Gusts of Big Timber with its 12-foot ceilings and displays of vintage clothing. Visit The Grand Hotel it is a registered historical building complete with fine dining, Victorian guest rooms, and a western bar. Enjoy small town pleasures such as a 1930s soda fountain, antique shops, or just a shady bench to watch the world go by.
Melville, Montana's first Lutheran Church
Take a short drive North to Melville to see Montana's first Lutheran Church nestled at the foot of the Crazy Mountains. Explore our Norwegian heritage, and the history of Sweet Grass County at the Crazy Mountain Museum. There is something for everyone in Sweet Grass County.
Local Area Things To Do & See
Natural Bridge & Falls
A 30-minute drive south of Big Timber brings you to Natural Bridge Falls. The paved paths start at the parking lot and meander along the Boulder River. There are several viewing points with signs telling about the area, falls and wildlife. In the spring there are actually three separate falls. Later in the year the river flows underground to reveal the limestone bedrock. Toilet facilities and picnic tables are available. A well maintained dirt trail leads to a scenic point directly across from the falls. For a day hike, continue on to the Green Mountain trail. The terrain will change from grassland to heavy timber. Look for limber pine, lodge pole pine, Douglas fir and wildflowers galore. Deer, bear, elk and small animals may be seen along the way. Please respect private property by staying on the trails. For everyone's enjoyment and safety please monitor pets and children near cliffs. There is handicap access.
North of town, follow Big Timber Creek into the fabled Crazy Mountains. Half-moon Park Campground is equipped with vault toilets, picnic area, water and parking area for day hikes. Then fish, picnic, lay in the sun, splash in the crystal clear water or hike clean out of the county!! Big Timber Falls (also known as Half-moon Falls) is an easy 1/2 mile walk from the campground. Blue Lake (good fishin') is 5 1/2 miles father up the trail. Pack a lunch and enjoy our mountains.
Crazy Mountain Museum
The Crazy Mountain Museum is the place to go to discover the rich history of the Sweet Grass area. It has permanent displays of a one room school house, a Norwegian Stabbur and artifacts, and a model of Big Timber in 1907. Other seasonal exhibits include Cremer Rodeo exhibit, sheep and wool, Pioneer Memorial Gallery, and the Crazy Mountains. The museum can be found at Exit 367 on Cemetery Road. It is open Memorial Day to Labor Day from 1 - 4:30 pm Tuesdays through Sundays. There is no charge and we gladly accept donations.
Prairie Dog Town State Park
Located off Interstate 90 at exit 377 is a town inhabited by 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. The Town is easily accessible with informational signs and a picnic area. Get out, walk through the town, and take pictures.
Yellowstone Fish Hatchery
The fish hatchery is a short stroll from down town Big Timber. A biologist is usually on hand to explain the life cycle of the Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. The fish can be seen at all stages, from tiny fingerlings to mature breeding stock. Enjoy a tour of the facility and watch the larger trout in the outside pools. Children and adults alike will enjoy this Montana State Fish Hatchery. Please call 932-4434 for more information.
Hiking and Fishing
The Gallatin National Forest surrounds Sweet Grass County. There are numerous public campgrounds and maintained trails available. You can enjoy a day hike or pack in for a week!
South of Big Timber is the spectacular Boulder Valley. Travel on State Highway 298 to the Forest Service road which will take you to natural and man-made wonders. Up the road from the Natural Bridge is the Lions Head. It is a rock outcropping that can be seen on the way to Box Canyon-- the trail head and the end of the road. Indian Caves with pictographs are an easy hike from the Main Boulder Ranger Station. About an hour hike beyond Box Canyon is the abandoned mining town of Independence. The remains of cabins the gold seekers built can be seen nestled in a breathtaking mountain valley. Independence can be reached with a 4x4 vehicle, but it is recommended you check with the local Forest Service before attempting the drive. The road is very narrow and not maintained.
The East Boulder and West Boulder Rivers flow into the Main Boulder 10 to 15 miles south of Big Timber. All three rivers are pristine mountain streams with excellent fishing and lying in the sun opportunities. There are public fishing accesses and National Forest access to each.
The Yellowstone River flows east past Big Timber. It also offers excellent fishing, along with boating and general fun in the sun. There are public accesses along the river where campers can stay free for up to 10 days.