Plan Your Visit

Location:

96 South Grove Creek Road
Fishtail, MT 59028

Days and Hours:

Friday
10am-4pm*

Saturday
10am-4pm*

Sunday
10am-4pm*

Open June 30th - mid September

Directions

From Billings Logan International Airport

Travel Time: Approximately 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

From the car lot at the Billings airport, turn left onto the immediate rotary.

At the rotary, follow N. 27th Street toward the City Center. Drive straight through Billings to Interstate 90. It’s a total of 3.4 miles from the airport rotary to the interstate.

Take I-90 west toward Butte.

After 30 minutes or so, take the MT 78/#408 exit into the town of Columbus. Highway 78 winds from the interstate through Columbus. You’ll come to a “T” in Columbus, go right.

Then, quickly make the first left onto S. Pratten Street and cross the railroad tracks. You are still on Highway 78.

Drive 12 minutes or so to Absarokee. Once you’ve entered Absarokee, please drive slowly (the speed limit is 25mph).

At the flashing light in downtown Absarokee, turn right onto West Grove Street, which will soon become Stillwater River Road.

Travel 6.1 miles. Just after the 6-mile marker, turn left onto Grove Creek Road. There will be a white house on your right at the turn.

Continue on Grove Creek Road. After 2 miles you will meet a four-way intersection, continue straight. The road becomes South Grove Creek Road. Disregard the “No Outlet” sign.

Tippet Rise Art Center, 96 South Grove Creek Road, Fishtail Montana 59028

From Bozeman

Travel Time: Approximately 2 Hours

Merge onto I-90 East.

Follow the interstate 98.4 miles to the MT 78/#408 exit.

Take the MT 78/#408 exit into the town of Columbus. Highway 78 winds from the interstate through Columbus. You’ll come to a “T” in Columbus, go right.

Then, quickly make the first left onto S. Pratten Street and cross the railroad tracks. You are still on Highway 78.

Drive 12 minutes or so to Absarokee. Once you’ve entered Absarokee, please drive slowly (the speed limit is 25mph).

At the flashing light in downtown Absarokee, turn right onto West Grove Street, which will soon become Stillwater River Road.

Travel 6.1 miles. Just after the 6-mile marker, turn left onto Grove Creek Road. There will be a white house on your right at the turn.

Continue on Grove Creek Road. After 2 miles you will meet a four-way intersection, continue straight. The road becomes South Grove Creek Road. Disregard the “No Outlet” sign.

Tippet Rise Art Center, 96 South Grove Creek Road, Fishtail Montana 59028

From Red Lodge

Travel Time: Approximately 50 minutes

Turn left onto MT-78 North.

Travel 27.8 miles and turn left onto Nye Road/Slim’s Lane at the Rockin’ J Gas Station.

After roughly 3 miles, you will enter the town of Fishtail.

Continue to follow Nye Road through town.

After approximately 0.5miles, turn right onto Grove Creek Road (this quickly becomes a gravel road).

Stay on Grove Creek Road for about 6 miles. At the intersection with Lower Grove Creek Road continue left at this Y intersection to stay on Grove Creek Road.

Continue on Grove Creek Road for about 7 miles until you reach a four-way intersection.

Turn left onto South Grove Creek Road.

Continue on South Grove Creek Road for less than one mile to arrive at the Tippet Rise Art Center’s front gate.

Tippet Rise Art Center, 96 South Grove Creek Road, Fishtail Montana 59028

From Absarokee

Travel Time: Approximately 20 minutes

From Highway 78/ South Woodward Ave head south into Absarokee.
At the flashing light in downtown Absarokee, turn right onto West Grove Street, which will soon become Stillwater River Road.

Travel 6.1 miles. Just after the 6-mile marker, turn left onto Grove Creek Road. There will be a white house on your right at the turn.

Continue on Grove Creek Road.

After 2 miles you will meet a four-way intersection, continue straight. The road becomes South Grove Creek Road. Disregard the “No Outlet” sign.

Tippet Rise Art Center, 96 South Grove Creek Road, Fishtail Montana 59028

From the Fishtail General Store

Travel Time: Approximately 15 minutes

From the Fishtail General store on Nye Road, head west toward the Post Office.

After approximately 0.5miles, turn right onto Grove Creek Road (this quickly becomes a gravel road).

Stay on Grove Creek Road for about 6 miles. At the intersection with Lower Grove Creek Road continue left at this Y intersection to stay on Grove Creek Road.

Continue on Grove Creek Road for about 7 miles until you reach a four-way intersection.

Turn left onto South Grove Creek Road.

Continue on South Grove Creek Road for less than one mile to arrive at the Tippet Rise Art Center’s front gate.

Tippet Rise Art Center, 96 South Grove Creek Road, Fishtail Montana 59028

Explore the Art Center

Tippet Rise is closed until Season Two, with the exception of special off-season events.

Season Two Art Center Hours
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Tippet Rise Art Center is located in Fishtail, Montana, off of Highway 78, south of Interstate 90 between Billings and Bozeman and a few hours north of Yellowstone National Park.

Tippet Rise is an art center and working ranch where large scale sculptures are distributed across 10,000 vast and hilly acres and share pastures with cows and sheep. Classical music concerts are held in the Olivier Music Barn and at various outdoor venues.

Sculpture Tours
The sculptures at Tippet Rise can be explored by taking a guided tour on an electric van, or without a guide by foot and by bike.

Van tours need to be reserved in advance and take 2-2.5 hours. Please arrive 20-30 minutes before your tour’s scheduled departure.

Hiking and biking are encouraged, but attendance is limited. Please reserve your space. Bring your own bike or come prepared to hike. The distance between sculptures varies from ½ mile to 3 miles and the terrain is hilly with long grades of up to 15%. Plan to spend at least a half day.

Packing for Your Visit
Tippet Rise is in a remote, yet beautiful landscape and the weather can change quickly from hot and sunny to cold and rainy, even snowy—even in the summertime. Please come prepared for the outdoors. Here’s a packing list to help you enjoy Tippet Rise to the fullest:
• Water
• Sturdy shoes for walking outside on the land
• Sun protection
• Hat
• Raincoat
• A small bag or backpack to carry your belongings
• Binoculars, if you wish, to view nature, wildlife and landscape

Eating at Tippet Rise
Sandwiches and light snacks will be available to purchase during regular opening hours. For concert ticket holders and sculpture tour guests, dinner will also be available for purchase before each evening performance. Water is also available at the Visitor Center.

A Working Ranch, A Fragile, Beautiful Environment
* Tippet Rise is a working ranch. A friendly reminder: please do not approach, pet or feed any animals.
* Pets are not permitted at Tippet Rise.
* Please adhere to all marked signs and stay on marked roads and trails.
* Tippet Rise is entirely non-smoking.

Thank you for visiting Tippet Rise!

Food at the Art Center

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From Scratch Cooking, Montana Country Elegance

During the Summer Season, Tippet Rise Art Center is delighted to offer lunch as well as an evening barbecue provided by Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Nick Goldman & Chef Wendi Reed of Wild Flower Kitchen. Wild Flower Kitchen uses all natural, organic and local ingredients when available.

Lunch will be available to purchase at the Visitor Center during regular opening hours and will include an assortment of ready-made sandwiches, snacks, desserts, and drinks.

For concert ticket holders and art center tour guests, tickets for the evening barbecue will also be available for purchase before each evening performance. The barbecue will feature roasted and grilled meats with house made sauces, healthy and unique sides, fresh salads, creative vegetarian specialties, and scrumptious desserts: a meal to remember that is sure to enhance your Tippet Rise adventure.

To learn more about Wild Flower Kitchen, please visit their Facebook page.

Lodging

Billings:
*Northern Hotel
19 North Broadway, Billings, MT
1-855-STAY-LUX

Crowne Plaza
27 North 27th Street, Billings, MT
(406) 252-7400

Big Horn Resort
1801 Majestic Ln, Billings, MT
(406) 839-9300

Dude Rancher Lodge
415 N. 29th St., Billings, MT
(406) 545-6331

Red Lodge:
*Pollard Hotel
2 Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT
(406) 446-0001

Blue Sky Cabins
32 Blue Sky Ln, Red Lodge, MT
(406) 446-0186

Red Lodge Inn
817 Broadway Ave S, Red Lodge, MT
(406) 446-2030

Alpine Inn
1105 Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT
(406) 446-2213

Comfort Inn
612 Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT
(406) 446-4469

Yodeler Motel
601 South Broadway, Red Lodge, MT
(406) 204-2515

Big Timber:
The Grand Hotel
139 McLead Street, Big Timber, MT
(406) 932-4459

Fishtail/Absarokee Area:
White Deer Ranch
Fishtail, MT
Whitedeerranch.com
(406) 290-4131

Torgrimson Place
539 W. Rosebud Rd., Fishtail, MT
(406) 328-6921

Fiddler Creek Cabins
Fishtail, MT
(406) 328-4949

*Stillwater Lodge
28 S. Woodard Ave, Absarokee, MT
(406) 328-4899

Lena’s Cabin
Fishtail, MT
(406) 328-4878

Coleman’s Cabin
Nye, MT
(406) 780-1109

The Big Yellow House
43 N. Woodard St., Absarokee, MT
(406) 328-7220

Lazy E-L Ranch
161 Lazy EL Ranch Rd., Roscoe, MT
(406)-328-6858

Columbus:
Super 8
602 I-90, Columbus, MT
(406) 322-4101

Also, please check vrbo.com for additional lodging in the immediate area.

*Please ask for the Tippet Rise rate

Local Amenities

General Store
Fishtail General Store, Fishtail, MT

Speciality, Fine and Organic Foods
Moon Lake Market, Red Lodge, MT
Babcock & Miles, Red Lodge, MT
Good Earth Market, Billings, MT
Lucky’s Market, Billings, MT
Natural Grocers, Billings, MT

Supermarkets
Milligans IGA, Absarokee, MT
Columbus IGA, Columbus, MT
Beartooth Market, Red Lodge, MT

Restaurants
Cowboy Bar & Restaurant, Fishtail, MT
Grizzly Bar, Roscoe, MT
Melinda’s, Roberts, MT
Café Regis, Red Lodge, MT
Mas Taco, Red Lodge, MT
The Wild Table, Red Lodge, MT
The Ox Pasture, Red Lodge, MT
Carbon County Steakhouse, Red Lodge, MT
Lilac, Billings, MT
The Fieldhouse, Billings, MT
Walkers, Billings, MT
UberBrew, Billings, MT
2nd Street Bistro, Livingston, MT

Coffee Shops
City Brew, Columbus, MT
Honey’s, Red Lodge, MT
Red Lodge Coffee Roasters, Red Lodge, MT
Rock Creek Roasters, Billings, MT

Gyms
Wellness Approach, Red Lodge, MT
Crossfit Columbus, Columbus, MT

Other local attractions/leisure
Yellowstone National Park
Beartooth Scenic Highway
Bighorn Canyon
Beartooth Mountain Guides, Red Lodge, MT
Absaroka River Adventures, Absarokee, MT
Adventure Whitewater, Absarokee, MT
Montana Trout Scout, Red Lodge, MT
Horseback Riding – Dream Dance Ranch, Roscoe, MT
Horseback Riding – Paintbrush Adventures, Absarokee, MT
Chico Hot Springs, Pray, MT
Bozeman Hot Springs, Bozeman, MT
Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area, Red Lodge, MT
Red Lodge Mountain Golf Course, Red Lodge, MT

Camping
East Rosebud, Roscoe, MT
Emerald Lake, Roscoe, MT
Fishtail Campgrounds, Fishtail, MT
Woodbine Campground, Nye, MT
Cascade Campground, Red Lodge, MT
Basin Campground, Red Lodge, MT

Transportation:
Airports

Billings Logan International Airport, Billings, MT
Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, Bozeman, MT
Yellowstone Regional Airport, Cody, WY

Rental Cars (Billings Logan International Airport)
Enterprise, Billings, MT
Thrifty Car Rental, Billings, MT
Hertz, Billings, MT
Dollar, Billings, MT
Avis, Billings, MT
Budget, Billings, MT
Alamo, Billings, MT

Black Car Service
Total Transportation, Billings, MT
Suave Sedans, Laurel, MT

FAQ

When will Tippet Rise open?
Tippet Rise will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the 2017 tour and concert season, which is from late June until mid-September. During the off-season, Tippet Rise opens for occasional special events.

When will the 2017 concert season be announced?
In early 2017.

When and where can I purchase concert tickets and/or make tour reservations for the 2017 season?
You can do both on the Tippet Rise website beginning March 1st, 2017. The best way to stay informed about ticket sales and events is to sign up for our digital mailing list; to do so, just complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Can I be put on a waiting list to purchase tickets or a Season Pass?
All tickets for the 2017 Season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We currently offer no waiting list.

Are you selling Season Passes?
In order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to attend a performance, we will not offer Season Passes this year. All tickets will be sold individually. You are welcome to purchase tickets to multiple performances.

What special events do you offer during the off-season?
No additional public events are scheduled before Season Two begins on July 7th, 2017. Should any events be added to the calendar between now and July, you will find them listed on the Events page on the Tippet Rise website.

How much does it cost to visit Tippet Rise?
Van tours, hiking and biking at Tippet Rise are free. Tickets to performances cost $10 per person and are free to those 18 and under.

Do I need a reservation to visit Tippet Rise or to take a tour, or can I just come?
All guests need a tour reservation or a concert ticket to visit Tippet Rise. Reservations can be made, and concert tickets can be purchased, on our website beginning March 1st, 2017.

Do I need a reservation if I am hiking or biking?
Yes, please make a reservation on our website. Reservations can be made beginning March 1st, 2017.

Van, hiking and biking tours are sold out. May I visit anyway?
Unfortunately, no. The number of visitors to Tippet Rise is limited each day; therefore, all guests must have a reservation.

I got one tour ticket. May I bring my three children?
You will need to make a reservation for each person in your party, whether you are hiking, biking, or touring in a Tippet Rise van. If you are touring by van, a reservation guarantees a seat on a van at the time of your choice.

How long does the van tour take?
Van tours take approximately 2.5 hours. This does not include parking your vehicle, walking to and checking in at the Visitor Center, and, if you wish, walking to the three sculptures located on the Visitor Center grounds and within the Visitor Center. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.

Is the van tour accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes! If you are able to ride in the tour van, we encourage you to tour Tippet Rise. While the vans do stop at each sculpture to allow guests to stretch their legs and take a closer look, passengers are welcome to remain seated during these stops. If you are unable to ride in a tour van, we may be able to arrange for a Tippet Rise tour guide to ride with you in your own vehicle. In this case, please give the Tippet Rise staff as much advance notice as possible by e-mailing your request to info@tippetrise.org

Is the Visitor Center accessible to people with disabilities?
Yes! Designated accessible parking spaces are located adjacent to the Visitor Center. Please ask the gate attendant for directions to this parking area. Restrooms in the Visitor Center are accessible.

I want to tour the sculptures by bicycle or on foot; is it easy to get from sculpture to sculpture?
Bicycling:
If you would like to tour all of the sculptures by bicycle, plan on biking a total of about 13 miles. Much of your journey will be uphill and on gravel roads. You are welcome to customize your tour, making a shorter journey if you wish. The Art Center Maps at the top of this page will help you plan your tour. Please bring your own bicycle.

Hiking:
Tippet Rise currently offers three miles of hiking trails. It is important to note that these trails begin 4.7 miles from the Parking Area, where you will leave your vehicle. Therefore, we recommend that you start your tour on a van, hop off for a hike where the trails begin, and hop on another van to finish your tour, but you are welcome begin your hike from the Parking Area if you prefer. Trails link the following sculptures: Domo, Beethoven’s Quartet and Proverb. Please see the Art Center Maps at the top of this page for more information.

Whether you are hiking or bicycling, you are welcome to stop at the Visitor Center to fill your water bottle, buy a snack, use the restroom, view the Olivier Music Barn and see the three sculptures located on Visitor Center grounds. Because visitor safety is our highest concern, all hikers and bikers must check in and out at the visitor center.

What should I wear and bring?
Tippet Rise is in a beautiful but remote landscape and the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly: from hot and sunny to cold and rainy—even snowy—even in the summertime. Please come prepared for the outdoors. Here’s suggested a packing list to help you enjoy Tippet Rise to the fullest:

  • Water
  • Sturdy shoes for walking outside on the land
  • Sun protection
  • Hat
  • Raincoat
  • A small bag or backpack to carry your belongings
  • Binoculars, if you wish, to view nature, wildlife and landscape**

I want to bring my large group or a school group to Tippet Rise.
Please contact us with details about your request by e-mailing info@tippetrise.org.

I can’t visit on the days you are open. May I visit during the week?
Unfortunately, no. Weekdays are reserved for rehearsals, ranching and education.

How do I get to Tippet Rise?
Please see the Directions section of the Plan Your Visit page on the Tippet Rise website. Please consider printing these directions before you make your trip; cell phone service will not be available as you get closer to the Art Center.

Do you have an application for Artists in Residence?
Tippet Rise does not currently offer an Artist in Residence program; however, this is something that we may offer in future years.

I am a sculptor/painter/musician and I would like to submit my work/perform at Tippet Rise.
We have completed our music schedule for the 2017 Season. If you are interested in performing in future years, we encourage you to contact us at info@tippetrise.org. While we are not planning any art installations in the near future, you are welcome to submit a proposal to us by email for future years.