Tippet Rise Tours

Hiking & Mountain Biking

Tippet Rise is now open for hiking and biking, through September 15, 2024.

Each week this summer we will add a small number of new hiking and biking reservations to the website for the following week. We also encourage you to check back often throughout the season for tickets that may become available through cancellations. These are offered on a first come, first served basis. (Hiking and biking will not be offered from July 26 - July 28, as the art center will be closed on those days.) Hiking and biking reservations are free to everyone, and advance registration is required.

To allow access to as many people as possible, please make your reservation only for the dates that you plan to visit the art center and only for the exact number of people in your party.

A map of Tippet Rise displays the hiking & Biking trails and artwork installed at the art center.

Tippet Rise is an art center and working ranch where large-scale sculptures are sited across 12,500 vast and hilly acres, sharing pastures with Montana wildlife. Guests are welcome to bring their own mountain bike, e-bike, or hiking shoes for self-guided tours exploring 15 miles of trails that connect the artworks. Distances between each sculpture vary from .5 mile to 3 miles.

Whether you are seeking an adventuresome experience, with the possibility to gain as much as 2,000 vertical feet, or if you prefer to take in the scenery at a more leisurely pace, there are trail options to meet various needs.

Additionally, our main Cottonwood Campus features over two miles of gentle walking and biking trails, and the opportunity to experience several artworks and the beautiful landscape.

Included further below are descriptions of the hiking and biking trails beyond the Cottonwood Campus.

Once You Are Here

  • Dogs are not allowed at Tippet Rise, out of respect for the livestock that graze here and the wildlife for which the art center is vital habitat.
  • We recommend a mountain bike or any bicycle suitable for single track trails.
  • Please bring a helmet. All cyclists are required to wear a helmet.
  • Please stay on designated trails and roads.
  • The weather can change quickly at Tippet Rise. Please dress for the outdoors and please consider wearing sun protection.
  • Bring your own snacks or lunch and water or a water bottle, which you can fill at the Art Center.
  • Please be aware of your surroundings and alert to changing weather. Tippet Rise is a working ranch and you may encounter sheep, cattle and herd dogs. Please do not approach or feed any of the animals or wildlife you may encounter.
  • For more information, including a packing list, please see the FAQs section of our Visit page.
A mountain biker takes in the views of the Beartooth Mountains