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Columbus Montana

Columbus, Montana is a small quarry town located near the Yellowstone River, just 48 miles northwest of Red Lodge, offering excellent fishing, hunting, hiking, camping and other outdoor recreational activities. Read More

  • Columbus is located just 48 miles from Red Lodge.
  • Hike, fish, camp or horseback ride in the Absoroka and Beartooth Mountains. 
  • Hire a guide and float the Yellowstone River. 
  • Learn about area history and culture at the Museum of the Beartooths. 
  • Services include lodging, dining, shopping, airport and more.


Situated along the Yellowstone River, Columbus is a town rich in natural resources, founded for its stone quarry. From here, via the railroad, stones were shipped to Helena in order to construct the State Capitol. Today, Columbus has roughly 2000 occupants, many of whom continue to mine. With superb outdoor recreational opportunity, fishing, hiking, and hunting are all popular activities.


Lodging – Featuring motels, private cabins, and campgrounds.

Dining – Columbus, MT eateries include cafes, family restaurants, and national food chains.

Shopping – Find gift and souvenir shops, art galleries, jewelry stores, and grocery and retail outlets.

Other Amenities

  • Service Stations
  • Banks
  • Hospital
  • Library
  • Airport


Day hike or embark on a backpacking adventure into the Absoroka and Beartooth Mountains.

Take your rod into the high-country for some stream fishing or float the Yellowstone.

Hunting/Wildlife Viewing
The Absoroka and Beartooth Mountains are full of wildlife including Grizzly Bears, wolves, elk, deer, big horn sheep, and mountain goats.

Private RV parks and campgrounds are here as well as backcountry access.

Horseback Riding
Head into the wilderness on horseback with your very own guide.


Museum of the Beartooths
View western and Native American artifacts, old quarry tools, historic artwork, photographs, textiles and military displays.

Columbus Stillwater Golf Course
Enjoy a few rounds at this public golf course.

Absoroka-Beartooth Mountain Ranges
Explore these spectacular mountain ranges on foot, horseback or take a scenic drive on the Chief Joseph or Beartooth Highways.

Stillwater County Fairgrounds
Home of the annual fair and various horse shows and rodeos.

Getting Here

Columbus is just a 55 minute drive (48 miles) from Red Lodge.

Directions from Red Lodge: Travel 48 miles northwest on the scenic MT-78 highway.

Other Columbus Montana Resources

Town of Columbus

Official site for the Town of Columbus, Montana.

Columbus, Montana

Information on the Town of Columbus, Montana.