Columbus, Montana

Elevation: 3600 FT

Population: 2039

County: Stillwater

Columbus sits at the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains where the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers meet, offering plenty of fishing opportunities as well as backpacking and hiking. Take the most scenic route to Yellowstone Park, via Montana Highway 78 and U.S. Highway 212, over the Beartooth Pass.

Columbus is a full-service town, offering whatever you might need or want during your Yellowstone adventure–shopping, fine dining, and lodging. There's even a golf course and airport. Visit the Museum of the Beartooths for a lesson in the history of the area, including artifacts of the Rosebud River, Crow Indians, Northern Pacific Railroad memorabilia and World War II history. Head north of town for wide-open spaces, and south to get into the mountains for woods, wildlife and waterways.

Join in on the fun at one of Columbus' many events throughout the year. On Father's Day weekend, Columbus hosts the Nitro National Pro Hillclimbs, bringing in thousands of visitors and motorcycle riders from all over the world. It's a fun and adrenaline-filled weekend with fireworks and nearby camping available. During the second weekend of August, visit the Musician's Rendezvous–a good old-fashioned jam session where musicians young and old gather together and play their favorite music. Listeners are welcome and camping is encouraged.

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