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Stillwater County

Stillwater County is a county in the state of Montana. As of the 2010 US census, the population was 9,117 and is presently home to just under 9,500 residents.

It is located in south central Montana and it’s county seat is Columbus. The geography of the county stretches over 1800 square miles and touches landmarks of every form.

Area at the southern end of the county

From the scenic Beartooth Absaroka Wilderness Area at the southern end of the county, to the pristine Stillwater and Yellowstone River valleys in the central section, to the lake basins, coulees and rolling plains at the northern end Stillwater County has it all.

Elevations range from 3,400 feet above sea level near Park City to over 12,000 feet above sea level at Granite Peak on the southern boundary of the county.

There is a 75 mile stretch of two lane roads perfect for exploring the Stillwater Valley. It starts at Columbus, travels through Absarokee to Fishtail, Dean and Nye. While travelling that stretch of road, you will discover a “Hidden Valley” and find peaceful surroundings and breathtaking scenery.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition covered more miles in Montana than in any other state. The Corps split into four parties for the return trip in 1806 each having a different assignment and route.

As a result, the return of the Lewis and Clark Expedition encompassed Reed Point, Columbus and Park City to Pompey’s Pillar National Historic Monument, the only surviving physical evidence of the historical event.

Travels To Rapelje & Molt

In your travels to Rapelje and Molt, you will likely discover the wildlife outnumber the people! Visit the Hailstone and Halfbreed National Wildlife Refuges and you will experience unique and recreational sight seeing opportunities.

If you are on your way to Yellowstone National Park, take the most scenic route…the “Gateway to the Beartooth Highway,” described by Charles Kuralt (CBS, On The Road) as “one of the ten most scenic routes in the world.

Stillwater County hosts a wide variety

Stillwater County hosts a wide variety of activities for residents and guest travelling through.  On a trip through Stillwater County you will find scenic outdoor recreation, an area steeped in history, and communities rich in spirit showcased in a wide array of community activities and events throughout the year.

Agriculture and mining drive the economic base as a whole.  Support services, small businesses and retail trade throughout the communities also play a large part in the economic climate of the region.

Elementary school districts are spread throughout the county while five high school districts provide education opportunities to the communities of Absarokee, Columbus, Park City, Rapelje, and Reed Point.