Fishtail, Montana

Elevation: 4466 FT

Population: 478

County: Stillwater

Fishtail sits midway between Billings and Bozeman at the foothills of the rugged Beartooth Mountains on the West Rosebud River and the Absarokee Loop Scenic Drive. This farming and ranching community offers access to some of the most incredible camping, hiking, fishing (including Rosebud Isle access) and authentic guest ranches in the state.

The historic Fishtail General Store has been serving the community for well over 100 years, peddling a bit of everything, like food and drink, clothing, hardware, camping, hunting and fishing supplies. You can even grab your hunting and fishing licenses here. There's a selection of antiques, handmade crafts, toys, wall hangings, candles and soaps made locally. The old meat market section of the store features its world-famous "Fishtail General Store Special Sausage," a delicacy treasured by local residents. Fishtail Grind serves coffee in the back of the general store and if you're lucky, you'll time your visit for when the house-made cinnamon rolls are rolling out of the oven.

Fishtails’ Tippet Rise Art Center is not to be missed. This unique arts venue is set on a 10,260-acre working sheep and cattle ranch. Tippet Rise features films, musical performances and large-scale art installations, which all makes sense in a place where artists can't help but find inspiration from the soul-restoring natural beauty of the landscape.

True Story

The Fishtail General store offers hand-dipped ice cream cones, and if you're under the age of 9 you can get a cone for just 25 cents. Also noteworthy, there’s a seating section in the back of the store where you can carve your name on the table.

Trip tip

Taste the Wild West at the Cowboy Bar & Supper Club. Stop in for a half-pound Cowboy Burger and a whole bunch of local charm. Potter's Rock Shop and Coffee House is also totally worth your time.

Live Like a Local

Fishtail is only one block long, but according to the Cowboy Bar “manages to muster up a 2-mile-long parade.” The Fishtail Family Fun Day, is Fishtail’s annual summer celebration held every June. This spirited, small-town event includes a bake sale, silent auction, pancake breakfast, parade, cornhole tournament, live music, food, and fun for the whole family. It’s also the scene of the biggest yard sale in the state.

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