Plan Your Visit

Location:

96 South Grove Creek Road
Fishtail, MT 59028

Hours:

Tippet Rise Art Center has made the difficult decision to cancel all concerts and sculpture tours this summer and to keep its trails temporarily closed to hikers and bikers to preserve the health and safety of our staff, artists, and audiences. We hope that Tippet Rise’s digital offerings can be a source of solace during difficult times and we look forward to adding more offerings to our website throughout the summer.

FAQ

When and where can I purchase concert tickets and/or make tour reservations for the 2021 season?
Tickets to concerts in 2021 will be available through a randomized drawing. The drawing will open after the new year. Reservations for sculpture tours and hiking and biking will open on the Tippet Rise website in March 2021. If you have not done so already, please sign up for our newsletter, which will provide information about how to enter the drawing.

Do I need a reservation to visit Tippet Rise or to take a tour in 2021, or can I just come?
All guests need a tour reservation, or a concert ticket, to visit Tippet Rise. Registrations for tours will open in March 2021.

Do I need a reservation if I am hiking or biking?
Yes. Registration for hiking and biking will open on the Tippet Rise website in March 2021.

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.

You will see the Post Office on your left.

After the post office, travel .4 miles and turn right onto Grove Creek Road (this quickly becomes a gravel road).

Stay on Grove Creek Road for 4.8 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 1.2 miles until you reach a four-way intersection.

Turn left onto South Grove Creek Road.

Continue on South Grove Creek Road for .9 miles 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 the post office, travel .4 miles and turn right onto Grove Creek Road (this quickly becomes a gravel road).

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

Stay on Grove Creek Road for 4.8 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 1.2 miles until you reach a four-way intersection.

Turn left onto South Grove Creek Road.

Continue on South Grove Creek Road for .9 miles 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 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 12,000 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 by van, or without a guide by foot and by mountain 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 mountain biking are encouraged, but attendance is limited. Please reserve your space. Bring your own mountain bike or come prepared to hike. If you plan to bike, helmets are required.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 & refillable water bottle
• A helmet if you plan to bike (required)
• 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
During the summer music and tour season, pastries, sandwiches, light snacks and beverages are available to purchase during regular opening hours. For concert ticket holders and sculpture tour guests, dinner is available for purchase before each evening performance. Water and a water bottle filling station are 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: PREROGATIvE Kitchen at Tippet Rise

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During the summer season, guests can purchase lunch and dinner, wine, craft beer, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages in Will’s Shed, the dining pavilion at Tippet Rise.

All fare at Tippet Rise will be prepared by PREROGATIvE Kitchen beginning this summer. Led by Gena Burghoff and chefs-owners Chris Lockhart and Danny Mowatt, PREROGATIvE Kitchen serves fresh, flavorful, creative food in their downtown Red Lodge, Montana eatery, where regionally produced ingredients feature prominently on the à la carte menu. From the start, the restaurant has garnered praise from customers and the press for its innovative, delicious dishes and its chic, welcoming ambience.

We are thrilled to welcome PREROGATIvE Kitchen to Tippet Rise and to share their warmth, hospitality and culinary talents with our community. When you’re in Red Lodge, be sure to stop by their flagship restaurant, at the former City Bakery!

Visit PREROGATIvE Kitchen online via their website, Instagram or Facebook. Read our News story about the partnership here.

Please note: you must be a pre-registered guest to enter, or dine at, the art center. Tippet Rise dining facilities are open to those people already on campus for a tour, concert, workshop or other event.

Lodging

Lodging in the region surrounding Tippet Rise varies from hotels in the bustling downtowns of Billings and Bozeman to cabins, guest ranches and private homes within a half hour of the art center. Look to the following agencies for insight on accommodations for your visit to Tippet Rise and beyond.

Absarokee, Montana
http://absarokeearea.com/business-directory/

Red Lodge, Montana
http://www.redlodge.com/montana-lodging.asp

Billings, Montana
http://www.visitbillings.com/

Columbus, Montana
http://www.stillwatercountychamber.com/business-directory?f[0]=field_member_category%3A1

Bozeman, Montana
http://www.bozemancvb.com/lodging/

Southest Montana
http://www.southeastmontana.com/places_to_stay.htm

Yellowstone Country, Montana
http://visityellowstonecountry.com/places-to-stay

Montana Office of Tourism
http://www.visitmt.com/

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
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
Wild Flower Kitchen, Absarokee, MT
Melinda’s, Roberts, MT
Café Regis, Red Lodge, MT
Prerogative Kitchen, 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
Well Approach Fitness, 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