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  • 75 Things To Do In Sweet Grass County


    Shop ‘Til You Drop in Downtown Big Timber

    1. Take a stroll in downtown Big Timber where you can find authentic goods.

    2. Capture those special moments in Big Timber through the lens with Christine Bakke Photography or buy some fine art photography.

    3. "Collect timeless fine art paintings, bronze sculptures, or vintage Navajo weavings at Hodges Fine Art."

    4. “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure”. Find a treasure at The Community Thrift Shop.

    5. Visit The Common Thread to find a fun adult coloring book, a great educational game for the kids, and some yarn perfect for that latest project.  

    6. Enjoy a workshop at Two Rivers Gallery/Sweet Grass Arts Alliance and check out what local artists are creating.

    7. Enter the doors of Little Timber Quilts and Candy to find yourself in a quilter’s dream. Don’t forget to check out the candy counter.

    8. Browse the art collection at Montana Framing and Art

    9. Peruse Cinnabar Creek, a gift emporium specializing in fine clothing, fine jewelry, books, espresso and beautiful gifts.

    10. Be surprised by the fun shopping that Big Timber Ace Hardware has to offer, it’s “no longer your grandfather’s hardware store”.

    11. Stumble upon a unique Montanan gift while venturing through Crazy Woman Trading Co.  

    12. Dress to impress your western side with clothing from Gust’s of Big Timber. They also offer embroider and screen printing.

    13. Head into Petal Pushers Floral and Antiques to purchase some pretty flowers for that special someone or an exciting antique.

    14. Watch a good movie from the comfort of brand new chairs at State Cinema. Book a private event to have an exclusive movie party.

    Venture around town for more great shopping

    15. On the first Saturday in November come to the Big Timber Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the Big Timber Woman’s Club to shop at a bazaar with almost 100% hand-crafted vendors or come to another great bazaar, The PEO Spring Fling.

    16. Go antiquing at Country Crossroads Antiques to find that perfect souvenir.

    17. Order a rifle or watch the making of one at Shiloh Rifle Manufacturing, a fine historic rifle manufacturer.

    18. Visit a “gardener’s paradise” at Blake’s Nursery, celebrating 39 years in business.

    19. Buy a gift for that precious new baby in your life (child, grandchild, niece or nephew) from Sequoia’s Closet: Little People Boutique.

    20. Forgot a tool for that camping trip? That’s okay, find it at Ullman Lumber Co. Inc., they have more than just lumber.

    21. Order some custom ornamental ironwork from Crazy Mountain Forge.

    22. Find everything from gas to groceries, beer to liquor, fishing to hunting supplies, guns to great gifts at The Fort. Chances are they have it.

    23. Buy a beautiful hanging basket from Brewer’s Greenhouse.  

    24. Check out the grain silos, elevator, and wool house at Yellowstone feeds and swing inside to find great gifts like beautiful bird houses and salad bowls.

    25. Fill that gas tank up at the Town Pump to ensure you reach your destination.

    26. Get the propane needed for that fun camping trip from Oie Motor Company.

    Fill Your Belly

    27. Buy a package of internationally recognized sausage at Pioneer Meats. Great for taking on a picnic.

    28. Stop into Cole Drug for a “Green River” or Wilcoxon’s milkshake from the old-fashioned soda fountain.

    29. Start the day with a hearty and scrumptious breakfast or grab some fried chicken for a picnic from the Frosty Freez. Owned by two sisters for that last 32 years, it’s “where the locals eat”.

    30. Enjoy fresh brick oven pizza and sandwiches made from scratch, homemade cinnamon rolls, and a variety of fresh breads from The Big Timber Bakery, the home of Montana’s most authentic kolaches.

    31. Lick those fingers after eating some delicious BBQ from Bill’s Place Diner and Catering.

    32. Dare to try the Gut Buster Challenge at the Thirsty Turtle Tavern and Grill where the whole family can enjoy a meal.

    33. Swing into the American Legion Post 19 for some beer and pizza while playing a game of pool.

    34. Indulge that coffee craving by swinging into The Coffee Stop.

    35. Get spoiled with some fine dining from the historic Grand Hotel and Restaurant, built in 1890 and listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

    36. Relax at The Timber Bar with a craft beer or mixed drink and tasty food. Dance those boots into the ground on one of the many nights they have a live band.

    37. Enjoy some wings and a slice or two or three of pizza from Iron Star Pizza Company, but make sure to save room for frozen yogurt.

    38. Drive up the breathtaking Boulder Valley to have lunch at Holly’s Road Kill Saloon.

    39. Come into the Country Skillet for some family dining.

    40. “Enjoy tea as it’s meant to be” from Tumblewood Teas, also offering honey products and brewing accessories. Find Tumblewood Teas at numerous local restaurants.

    Stimulate Your Inner Artist

    41. Learn about the history of Sweet Grass County at the Crazy Mountain Museum and take a walk through the beautiful Lewis and Clark Montana Native Plant Garden.

    42. Admire the oldest Lutheran Church in Montana located North of Big Timber in Melville.

    43. Take a tour of Big Timber’s murals located on the side of the Big Timber IGA, the corner of McLeod St. and 3rd St, and on the side of DogeDay.

    44. Take a tour of Big Timber’s statues located at Lions Club Park, The Sweet Grass Visitor Information Center, The Carnegie Public Library, in front of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, and The Sweet Grass County Court House.

    Take Care of Yourself

    45. Relax at Janet’s Spa and Salon where they offer it all: haircuts and styling, manicures and pedicures, massages, Zonology, tanning beds, and facials.

    46. Stand out with a new hair style and classy nails after visiting Christy’s Hair and Nails.

    47. Sore from that breathtaking hike? Get a massage at Body Shop Massages to feel great again.

    48. Have an expert fix that sore back or neck at Crazy Mountain Chiropractic and enjoy every second of the Big Timber vacation experience.

    49. Breath in fresh, mountain air.

    Come to a Big Timber Event

    50. Get your festival on at Sweet Grass Fest. Go to the Big Timber Rodeo, attend a classic car show, shop at multiple vendors, listen to great musicians perform at local bars, watch the parade, participate in an exciting Bed Race downtown, and much more. Held the last weekend in June.

    51. Come the first Friday in December to celebrate the magic of the holidays with a parade and lots of fun at Big Timber’s Annual Lighted Parade.

    52. Learn about a unique art and some interesting history at Crazy Mountain Fiber Fest May 6 – 7.

    53. Come to the Sweet Grass County Fair the first week of August to support local 4-H and FFA kids.

    54. Get the raft out the second weekend in July for the annual Yellowstone River Boat Float.

    55. Enjoy a fun time at the Beef and Brew Fest in conjunction with the Crazy Mountain Stockgrowers Association Ranch Rodeo August 20.

    56. Bundle up and start the snowmobile for the Family Fun Poker Run held in February.

    57. Support those fighting for our country while listening to creative cowboy poetry and good music at the Salute to Service Men and Women.  

    58. Watch the dirt and horses fly every Wednesday evening between June and September at Big Timber’s Jackpot Barrel Racing.

    59. Sink a putt at the annual Pub and Putt in March.

    Escape into the Great Outdoors

    60. Swing those clubs on the beautiful nine holes at Overland Golf Course with an amazing view of the Crazies to keep you calm no matter how your game is that day.

    61. Play or picnic at Lions Club Park with its custom designed play area, picnic tables, baseball field, tennis courts, and swimming pool.

    62. Take a stroll through the Yellowstone Fish Hatchery with a biologist who will explain the life cycle of Yellowstone Cutthroat trout.  All stages can be seen from fingerlings to the large breeding stock.

    63. Take your four-legged friend for a walk along the Boulder River at Dornix Park or play a game of soccer at the brand new Big Timber Youth Soccer League Fields.

    64. Check out a town full of furry residents at Prairie Dog State Park.

    65. Adventure through the scenic Boulder Valley located South of Big Timber.

    a. Gaze at a spectacular waterfall at Natural Bridge Falls Picnic Area and admire the strength and power of nature.

    b. Tilt your head towards The Lions Head, a rock outcropping that can be seen on the way to Box Canyon.

    c. Take a hike from the Main Boulder Ranger Station to explore Indian Caves containing ancient pictographs.

    d. Find yourself gawking at the beauty of the West Boulder Meadows after a hike from the West Boulder Campground.

    e. Go back in time by heading to the abandoned mining town of Independence past Box Canyon. Investigate the remains of cabins built by gold seekers.

    66. Explore the Crazy Mountains by visiting Half Moon Park where the Big Timber Falls (aka Half-moon Falls) are an easy 1/2 mile walk from the campground and the pristine Blue Lake is only 5 1/2 miles farther up the trail.

    67. Float the Yellowstone River following the same path as Lewis and Clark. Feel the rush Kayaking the amazing white water of Big Timber Creek.

    68. Go horseback riding with a local guide or take your own horse to one of the many trails in Sweet Grass County.

    69. Disappear into the woods while driving an ATV on one of the many Forest Service trails.

    70. Ride a snowmobile through the amazing mo snow.

    71. Check out all of the great places to snowshoe and cross country ski throughout Sweet Grass County.  

    72. Fish in either of Sweet Grass County’s Blue Ribbon Trout Rivers, The Yellowstone River or The Boulder River, or one of the many streams flowing into these rivers.

    a. Hire a guide: Big Timber Fly Fishing or Sweetcast Angler.

    73. Hunt one or all of the many game species located in Sweet Grass County including deer, elk, antelope, moose, mountain goat, black bear, wolves, and turkey.

    a. Hire a guide: Absaroka-Beartooth Outfitters, Inc. or Anchor Outfitting.

    74. Stay in a National Forest Service cabin. Many of these rustic and primitive cabins are historic former ranger stations or fire lookouts.  Located in Custer National Forest: Deer Creek Cabin, Fourmile Cabin, West Boulder Cabin, West Bridger Station.

    75. Enjoy access to numerous trails through spectacular areas on National Forest, State, and BLM land where you can hike, bike, ride a horse, or ride an ATV.