Plan Your Visit

Location:

96 South Grove Creek Road
Fishtail, MT 59028

Hours:

Thank you for your interest in and support of Tippet Rise. The art center will reopen to the public on Friday, June 29, 2018. Operating hours during Season Three will be:

Fridays 10am – 3pm
Saturdays 10am – 3pm
Sundays 10am – 3pm

Prior registration will be required to visit the art center.

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

Season Two at Tippet Rise has ended. The art center will reopen to the public on Friday, June 29, 2018 for Season Three. During the 2018 season, art center hours will be:

Fridays 10am – 3pm
Saturdays 10am – 3pm
Sundays 10am – 3pm

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 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. 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
• 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 Season Three, pastries, sandwiches, light snacks and beverages will be available to purchase during regular opening hours. For concert ticket holders and sculpture tour guests, dinner will available for purchase before each evening performance. Water and a water bottle filling station are also available at the Visitor Center.

Season Three’s food service hours will be announced soon.

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 is delighted to offer a variety of food and dining options for concert ticket holders and art center tour guests. These include a morning pastry service with coffee and tea, plus lunch and dinner–all provided by Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Nick Goldman and Chef Wendi Reed of Wild Flower Kitchen. Wild Flower Kitchen uses all natural, organic and local ingredients when available.

To learn more about Wild Flower Kitchen, please visit their website and listen to this wonderful story from Yellowstone Public Radio’s Flavors Under the Big Sky, recorded in August of 2017.

Lodging

Lodging in the regions 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
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
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

FAQ

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When is Tippet Rise open?
Tippet Rise is closed for the season and will re-open for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sculpture tours on Friday, June 29, 2018, one week before the start of the summer music series.

When and where can I purchase concert tickets and/or make tour reservations for the 2018 season?
You can do both on the Tippet Rise website. The best way to stay informed about ticket sales and events is to sign up for our digital mailing list; to do so, just enter your e-mail address at the bottom of this page.

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 ticket for an event to visit Tippet Rise.

Do I need a reservation if I am hiking or biking?
Yes, please make a reservation on our website.

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?
Two van tour options are available: the full tour, which visits all of the art center’s sculptures and lasts approximately 2.5 hours, and the half tour, which visits a pre-selected route and number of sculptures and lasts approximately 75 minutes. 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 and helmet.

Hiking:
Tippet Rise currently offers 9 miles of hiking trails. It is important to note that these trails begin about one mile 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: the 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. Mondays through Thursdays 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 currently does not 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 2018 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.

Ticket Drawing FAQ

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When do tickets for the 2018 concert season go on sale?
Tickets for the season’s performances will be available through a randomized drawing, for which registration is required. The registration process will open at 12 PM (noon) Mountain Time on Tuesday, February 20 and close on Monday, March 12 at 5:00 PM Mountain Time. Winners will be selected at random on Tuesday, March 13 and notified by email. The message to winners will include details on how and when to purchase tickets.

Are concert tickets only available through a drawing?
Yes, Tippet Rise tickets will be sold only to those selected through the drawing.

If tickets become available through cancellations during the concert season, after the drawing has concluded, they will be posted for sale on the Tippet Rise website on a first-come, first-served basis.

You may still visit Tippet Rise by signing up for a sculpture tour, or purchasing tickets to a film. Additional events may be added throughout the summer and fall, for which tickets will be sold on the Tippet Rise website, here: www.tippetrise.org/events

Why is Tippet Rise doing a drawing this year?
The first two Tippet Rise concert seasons sold out very quickly. This year, names will be drawn randomly, making tickets available to a broader audience. This way, all music lovers will have an equal chance to purchase tickets.

I forgot to register for the drawing. Will there be other chances for me to purchase tickets?
All tickets for the 2018 concert season will be sold to those selected through the drawing. You may still visit Tippet Rise by signing up for a sculpture tour, or purchasing tickets to a film. Additional events may be added throughout the summer and fall, for which tickets will be sold on the Tippet Rise website, here: www.tippetrise.org/events/other.

If tickets become available through cancellations during the season, after the drawing has concluded, they will be posted for sale on the website on a first-come, first-serve basis.

I registered with Brown Paper Tickets when purchasing Tippet Rise concert tickets for the past seasons. Do I have to register again?
Yes! You must register again to participate in the drawing for 2018 concert tickets.

How do I register for the drawing?
To enter, follow the registration link and complete the form and click “submit”. Duplicate entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded. To register for the drawing, click here: www.tippetrise.org/ticket-drawing

What is a disposable email address?
A disposable email address is an alternative email address which serves as an alias for your real email address and forwards all mail it receives to your main address.

How does the drawing work?
Every registrant will be entered into a digital drawing in which the winners will be selected at random. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Winners will be notified via e-mail on that day. Those who have not won will also be notified, by email, at that time.
Winners may purchase up to four tickets during the ticket purchasing period, which begins on Wednesday, March 14 at 8:00am Mountain Time and concludes on Sunday, March 18 at 5:00pm Mountain Time.

How many times can I register for the drawing?
Registration is limited to one entry per person. Anyone with a valid e-mail address may enter. The use of disposable email accounts to establish a second entry and other forms of duplicate registrations will be discarded.

What is a disposable email account?
A disposable email account is an alternative email account which serves as an alias for your real email account and forwards all mail it receives to your main account.

Is there a limit to the number people who can register for the drawing?
No. Registration is open to anyone with a valid email address.

How much time do I have to register?
Registration for the drawing opens at on Tuesday, February 20 at 12:00pm (noon) Mountain Time and closes on Monday, March 12, at 5:00pm Mountain Time

When is the drawing and notification?
Winner and non-winner notifications will be sent via e-mail the evening of March 13.

If I am selected through the drawing, when do I order tickets?
Winners may purchase up to four (4) tickets to one performance, or divide them among multiple performances. Purchases must be made between Wednesday, March 14 at 8:00am Mountain Time and Sunday, March 18 at 5:00pm Mountain Time. Please note that tickets are available to drawing winners on a first-come, first-serve basis and some concerts may sell out faster then others.

We highly recommend that you look at the list of 2018 performances before the purchasing window opens on March 14, and identify several concerts that you would like to see, as some concerts may sell out faster than others. The full schedule can be found here: www.tippetrise.org/events.

What happens if I don’t use my entire four-ticket allocation?
Winners are not obligated to purchase all four of their allotted tickets. If any tickets remain from the initial drawing, they will be offered via a second drawing.

How much are tickets?
Tickets are $10 for adults, and free to those who are 21 or under. (Tickets for those 21 and under are free; however, they still count as part of the four-ticket per person limit and must be reserved).

If tickets for children are free, why do they count towards my four-ticket allocation?
Because our concerts take place in small, intimate spaces, which makes seating very limited. Although tickets are free to young people, everyone—including young people—must have a ticket to attend a performance at Tippet Rise. Tippet Rise hopes to entice young people to give classical music a try…and then to become terrifically passionate about it. To that end, tickets for performances at the art center are free to those 21 and younger.

Should I identify in advance the concerts that I want to attend?
Yes. Although winners are guaranteed the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets, there is no guarantee that the specific performance of their choice will not sell out before they are able to secure tickets.

Tippet Rise encourages guests to look at the list of 2018 performances before the purchasing window opens on March 14, and identify several concerts that they would like to see. The full schedule can be found here: www.tippetrise.org/events

What if my name is not drawn?
You will receive an email notification if your name is not drawn. Should tickets remain after the purchase period ends on Sunday, March 18, and you are registered, you will be automatically entered into a second drawing which will take place on Monday, March 19, and winners will be notified that day.

How do I claim my tickets?
Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card. Use the purchase link in your winner’s notification email. Tickets are not mailed to purchasers. Your tickets (in your name) will be available at the Tippet Rise entry gate on the day of your concert.

What if I don’t have a credit card?
Please email info@tippetrise.org and a representative from our box office will call you to arrange your ticket purchase.

Are my tickets transferable?
Yes, you may give or transfer your tickets to someone else, but the tickets will still be at the entry gate under the name of the person to whom they were originally issued.

Are my tickets refundable?
Yes, tickets are refundable by contacting info@tippetrise.org. Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance are not refundable.

Will tickets be available through cancellations?
If tickets become available through cancellations during the concert season, after the drawing has concluded, they will be posted for sale on the Tippet Rise website on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Do I need to use the drawing system to book a sculpture tour?
No. However, you do need to register for a sculpture tour. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tours via shuttle are $10 per adult and free for anyone 21 and under. Hiking and biking at Tippet Rise are free, but reservations are required.