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Big Timber Montana

Big Timber Montana is a charming agricultural and recreational community in the heartland of South-central Montana. Located 82 miles from Billings, MT and 64 miles from Bozeman, and just off Interstate 90, Big Timber Montana is an easy place to find. Big Timber features fantastic dining options. The historic Grand Hotel cooks a mean tenderloin gorgonzola and the Iron Star Pizzeria wll serve you the best pizza this side of the Yellowstone River.


Much of the historic downtown hasn't changed much in the past 125 years, with many of the same buildings and, in a few instances, even the same businesses surviving through the ages. Walking downtown Big Timber, Montana, one feels not so very distant from the days when cowboys and Native Americans, sheepherders and mountain men, pioneers and homesteaders, came in from the wild to walk the same streets.

Big Timber Montana

Downtown Big Timber Montana

The land where Big Timber, Montana now sits was discovered by Lewis and Clark and their Corps of discovery in 1806. But it was still a wild, untamed land until a railroad was built through the fledgling community in 1883. The new fledgling town became an important stop along the railway because of it's location at the convergence of Yellowstone River and the Boulder River. Originally exporting sawmill products, Big Timber later became the largest exporter of wool in the United States, for a time.

Big Timber Montana is Still

a Ranching and Cowboy Community

Big Timber, Montana is surrounded by mountains with the Absaroka-Beartooth range to the South and the majestic Crazy Mountains to the North. This particular writer has traveled all over the world and has seen some of the most beautiful mountain ranges on different continents. But the picturesque Crazy Mountains form the most perfect portrait of what a mountain range should be anywhere. Big Timber Peak and Crazy Peak protrude skyward up from the middle of the range, set apart by their rugged ridges and dizzying heights. To their left and right are many other smaller peaks, accenting the sky and their central figures.


Big Timber, Montana offers unbeatable opportunities for anyone who loves the outdoors. Fishing in the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, as well as their major tributaries like Big Timber Creek, are world famous. Rent a fishing boat or take a guided fishing tour, and catch that trophy trout you've always dreamed of. A hiker's paradise, use our Montana Cabin Rentals as your basecamp from which to explore and backpack into the rugged, surrounding mountains. Summit a peak every day and you couldn't do it all in a year! Or explore some of the many hidden mountain lakes- nearly untouched treasures of beauty and often fantastic trout fishing. 


Don't miss out on the Big Timber Montana Rodeo which usually happens around the end of June. Or take part in the famous Yellowstone River Boat Float, retracing the route of Lewis and Clark along the Yellowstone River. 


Love to hunt? Take advantage of tens of thousands of acres of hunting opportunities on public land. Or, if you are staying with us at our Montana Cabin Rentals (and you book early enough), we can connect you to the extremely rare opportunity to hunt on 10,000+ acres of private land, right at the base of the Crazy Mountains.

Big Timber Montana

The Historic Grand Hotel and Restaurant

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