Flanked by the beautiful backdrop of the Crazy Mountains, Big Timber is the gateway to the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and has some of the finest blue ribbon fishing in Montana. Bordered on the north and east by prairie, and on the south and west by mountains, Big Timber features numerous outdoor activities and guided services, including ranch vacations, hiking, river floats, hunting, fishing, golf and the historical Big Timber rodeo. Area attractions include the Grand Hotel Bed and Breakfast and the Crazy Mountain Museum. On exhibit at the museum is the Cobblestone City, a detailed miniature of Big Timber in 1907. The permanent rodeo display features the Cremer Rodeo of the 1930s. Part of the museum complex is a Norwegian Stabbur, or stone house, with artifacts from the area’s Norwegian heritage, and a one-room schoolhouse, complete with ‘real’ black boards and chalk, shared desks and pictures of the presidents. Big Timber has also recently been named as the designated site of the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Population: 1,740 | Elevation: 4,091ft. | County: Sweet Grass | www.bigtimber.com
Photo courtesy of Howard Hecht