DAN & KRIS KELLOGG   *   77A Arena Drive   *   Absarokee, MT
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AREA ATTRACTIONS

Listing all of the area attractions would be just about impossible so I have decided to list the cities we have been to along with recommendations from experiences we have had here. I will add items on our "bucket list" too. This list is by no means complete, but as we learn and do more I hope to add to the page.

ABSAROKEE:

The Stillwater River: Whitewater Rafting - my favorite of all time! Just a couple miles from the ranch and the outfitters will get you all set up. There are definitely some fun rapids, but it is safe for the whole family. The guides are entertaining along the way. Midway down you can get out and jump off a cliff into the river, providing the water levels are good. Otherwise you will float down to Columbus where the Stillwater River joins the Yellowstone River. You may stop off for some rock picking in the Yellowstone.

The Stillwater River is also quite famous for its amazing fishing. There are many access points along Hwy 78. If fishing is your thing, nearby guides can create a great fishing experience for you. Paintbrush Adventures can provide you with horses and a beautiful trail ride along the banks of the Stillwater, they will also guide you for hikes and fishing.

Ride your horse around our property, ride the hills over the farm. Once you get to the top you may be lucky enough to see the herd of Antelope that roam in the flats. The views from the top are breathtaking. You can also trailer your horses to the nearby trailheads for an exciting trail ride.

Relax and take a drive. The scenery in our area is about as pretty as it gets. The road may lead you to the Stillwater Mine and the Buffalo Jump near Nye or perhaps to the Old General Store in Fishtail which has been in operation since 1900. On your travels you are sure to see the abundance of mule deer and whitetail that live in the area or the Elk herd seen frequently on Butcher Creek Road.

 
 
 
 
RED LODGE:

It's a scenic 30 mile drive down 78 to the town of Red Lodge. This town has much to offer and the downtown is a steady bustle with all the fun shops and great places to eat. You can enjoy the town by taking the horse drawn wagon. Red Lodge is busy all year around and is host to numerous events throughout the year.

Red Lodge is probably most famous for the Beartooth Hwy which has been regarded as one of the most beautiful highways in America. It is a stretch of winding switchbacks, steep edges and spectacular views all the way to the top. The Beartooth Hwy leads to the Summer Ski Hill but you better be an expert if you plan to hit these slopes! Stop and feed the chipmunks at the turnout (bring some peanuts)...they eat right from your hand. You might even see the herd of mountain goats. Stop at the top and enjoy a snowball fight with your family. It might be 90 in Red Lodge but chances are there will be snow on top of the mountain. The Beartooth Hwy will take you to Cooke City and the NE entrance to Yellowstone Park. It is a great way to spend your day! Note: the Beartooth Hwy does close in October and re-opens for May.

Red Lodge Mountain Ski Hill boasts 70 trails on 1600 acres and includes terrain for everyone, whether you are an expert or a beginner this ski hill has it all. Ski the Montana Rockies!! Open November 27.

If you are real adventurous, backcountry skiiers and snowboarders get their thrill in Custer National Forest. Cross Country skiing is also popular here with 15 miles of manicured trails.

Rent a UTV or snowmobile for exciting rides in the Beartooth Mountains and Custer National Forest. Hiking - take your pick, there is 700 miles of trail in Custer National Forest and the Beartooth Wilderness; enjoy the scenery, wildlife, trout filled lakes and waterfalls. Go to www.beartoothtrails.org for trail hides and complete guides to the trails.

Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary - a must see, home to non-releasable Montana Wildlife.

Carbon County Historical Museum - learn about the town and its legends.

See the remnants of the historical Smith Mine Disaster located 6 miles out of town on hwy 308....travel just a bit further and experience the famous "Pig Races" at the Bearcreek Saloon and Steakhouse. Place your bets! Come hungry and enjoy a delicious meal!

Home of the Champions Rodeo takes place in Red Lodge over the 4th of July. It's a 3 day event with some of the world's best competing. We try to go every year.

Beartooth Bike Rally is the 3d weekend in July. Street Dancing, vendors, and scheduled rides up the Beartooth.

National Ski-Joring Races take place in March and is a thrill for all. Horses pull skiers around a track, through flags and over jumps.

CODY WYOMING:
Cody is just an hour drive from Red Lodge and is a fun cowboy town with lots of unique western shops and great dining. Give yourself plenty of time for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. During the summer months they put on a rodeo every night.

Whitewater raft on the Shoshone River.

The East Entrance to Yellowstone is also near Cody.

Chief Josephs Scenic Byway links the town of Cody with the Beartooth Hwy.

BIG HORN CANYON AND RECREATION CENTER:
It's about a 2 hour drive from here but so worth it. It's the 3d largest canyon in the United States. Boat tours are available and with the guide service, it is truly an educational opportunity. You are sure to see the Big Horn sheep. Kayak rentals are also available and they say the fishing is fantastic.
GARDINER:
The Northern Entrance of Yellowstone is located in Gardiner and has the most diverse herds of large wildlife species in the lower 48 states. The drive from Livingston to Gardiner is truly beautiful, just when you think it can't get any more breathtaking it does here. This is the only year around entrance to Yellowstone and it is a must see in the winter time. Travel through North Yellowstone to Cooke City, the snow capital of the world and famous for snowmobiling. A great way to spend a summer day sightseeing is heading to Gardiner and through Yellowstone to Cooke City and down the Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge. It takes all day but the loop is worth it!!

Gardiner also has amazing Whitewater Rafting on the Yellowstone River and Horseback riding that takes you high above the river valley, overlooking the scenery of North Yellowstone Park. You can combine the two attractions for a package called "Saddle and Paddle". Ride in the morning when the temps are still cool and raft in the afternoon. Lunch is provided in the combination package.

It is common to see Elk roam in Gardiner and maybe even the Buffalo.

BILLINGS
This is the largest city in Montana and has it all. We are still exploring and learning. We have been to the Pictograph Caves, the Billings Zoo, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and taken in a couple of events at the Metra Park - the largest facility of its kind in Montana and surrounding states. It is host to the upcoming Nile Stock Show and Rodeo and we are going!
I know I have missed some things, it's quite a job trying to list them all. I will come back to this page from time to time and update with new adventures. We will gladly assist in planning your vacations in Montana. There is just too much to do in one trip, but we would be glad to guide you based on your interests.

"IN THE MOUNTAINS OF MONTANA, WE FORGET TO COUNT THE DAYS"


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