Stillwater Lodge is home base for all kinds of back country adventures or for those simply seeking solitude in asmall town. Our guests come to ride, raft, fly fish, hike and climb Montana’s tallest mountains. Some come to visit friends or mosey around where there’s less traffic, people and noise. Some come in winter to cross country ski or to snowmobile. Some come just to experience some small town friendliness.
From the Stillwater Valley, you are only minutes away from trout happy rivers and scenic mountain trails. There are a dozen public fishing access sites and trails to water falls and high country lakes. Charles Kuwalt, famed CBS Sunday Morning host and long time televisionjournalist, loved the “hidden valley” road from Red Lodge to Absarokee and extolled the Beartooth Pass from Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park as “one of the ten most beautiful highways in the United States.”
Stillwater Lodge is ideally located for those experiencing the extraordinary opportunity to enjoy world class art and music at Tippet Rise; for those wanting to make forays into the mountains; fly fishing fans love our proximity to blue ribbon rivers; hunters find our place perfect for their autumn excursions . . . to see all the activities and events enjoyed in our area, check out the Stillwater Lodge Facebook page with photos galore.
Thanks to some outstanding photographers who have allowed us to use their photos here. Thanks Jim Abel of Out in the Cold Productions for photos of his expeditions trout fishing and hiking into the wilderness; to Dave M. Shumway, a pro whose work should be admired at daveshumway.com; and, most of all, to Theresa Burkhart who took the bulk of these photos at a variety of times, places and events.
Absarokee is an unincorporated town that prides itself on its self-reliance and is inspired by the volunteer can-do attitude that provides a wealth of events for the community, from Shakespeare in the Parks to Missoula Childrens Theatre, from the Montana BBQ Cook Off to Absarokee Days.
Tippet Rise, a high prairie tribute to art and music, featuring internationally acclaimed sculptures and world class performances by famed musicians.
Absaroka River Adventures provides the most exciting and safest raft trips on the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers.
Paintbrush Trails is the place to go for horseback rides or to join horseback country adventures.
Red Lodge is the mountain mecca for fine dining, great shops, winter skiing or summer golf. It’s the home of the Home of Champions Rodeo in July, the Country Western Songwriters festival, and many other art, music and cultural events.
To enjoy more of 406 Country, Travel Montana provides the compendium of place and events all season long under the Big Sky in the Treasure State.
If you want a fly fishing guide, pick the one who has fished the area the longest. Mike Mouat also is a heckuva musician playing for 50 years with Nye Express.