Halfway between Bozeman and Billings on the Interstate 90 corridor, Big Timber is a tiny town of a few thousand people. This charming locale takes its name originally from Big Timber Creek, which was in turn named for the massive cottonwood trees that dot the area. The town was first established in the 1880s, but it was not economically viable until the arrival of the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in town. After connecting with other cities via railway, Big Timber became a major wool-shipping depot.
Although it remained small throughout its existence, Big Timber was designated the seat of Sweet Grass County in 1895. In 1908, a tragic fire swept through town, devastating the local community and wiping out over a third of its buildings.
Like most places in Montana, Big Timber is an ideal place to rent an RV due in large part to its epic natural surroundings. When you book an RV in Big Timber, you’ll have so many places to choose from, and all the freedom and flexibility in the world to tailor your trip to your exact specifications.
The Great Outdoors
The only thing easier than picking up your Big Timber RV rental in town is finding a place in the wilderness to spend your relaxing vacation time amidst the tranquil woods and majestic mountains of Montana. Grass Lake National Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful sanctuary close to town, dedicated to the preservation of Montana’s wildlife. The park has wide open grasslands, lakefront habitats, and a massive assortment of migratory birds that call it home for at least part of the year. Birdwatchers and nature photographers love hiking through the park in search of rare species to observe.
Custer Gallatin National Forest is south of town by the Montana-Wyoming border, yet another excellent place to visit with your Big Timber camper rental. There are an astounding six mountain ranges found in this immense forest, along with 40 vehicle-accessible campgrounds and well over 2,000 miles of trails to discover. In total, these two forests account for over three million acres of land in southern Montana and northern Wyoming. There is so much to do that you might want to camp out in the woods with your Big Timber motorhome rental and stay for a whole week.
Just over the border in northern Wyoming, you can visit two of the country’s most prized possessions. Both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park await you in all their enchanting glory. Yellowstone National Park is best known for being the first national park in existence, as well as its chaotic geological activity. The park has geysers, sulfur pools, hot springs, and other peculiarities that make it one of the nation’s most popular parks. Grand Teton National Park has iconic mountains with distinct shapes, known far and wide. Skiing and snowboarding are two of the most commonly enjoyed activities within the park. You can camp at either of these two national parks when you rent an RV and need a place to kick back and relax for a few days.
As far as camping places go, Big Timber has exactly what you need. A variety of RV park options await you when you pick up your Big Timber campervan rental, like Spring Creek Campground & Trout Ranch. The park has two ponds for trout fishing, high-speed internet, volleyball courts, a large pavilion, and a camp store.
Old West RV Park invokes the spirit of the Old West, with spectacular views of the Crazy Mountains. Spacious campsites, hot showers, immaculate restrooms, laundry facilities, wireless internet, and cable TV are part of the package when you stay at this comfy campground.
Part of a national campground chain, Big Timber/Greycliff KOA is located just off of Interstate 90 making it a breeze to find and access. Guests may use the hot tub, sauna, pool, snack bar, and rental cabins among other things.
While you aren’t off on wilderness excursions or camping trips, you can find a few fun things to do in Big Timber if you look hard enough. The Sweet Grass County Visitor Information Center can provide some valuable information about the general area. Get tips and insight into the area from staff members, and grab brochures for local landmarks, attractions, restaurants, and more.
The Crazy Mountain Museum is an excellent place to check out too showcasing the fascinating history of Montana with a focus on Sweet Grass County. A complex tapestry of tales is woven masterfully by the knowledgeable historians working at the museum, guiding you through a journey to the past. There are loads of artifacts on display, including old cowboy costumes, weapons, pistols, tools, and machines from back in the day. You can even sit in an old Model T Ford car which was among the first cars in existence.
Over in Bozeman, you can further satiate your appetite for learning. The Museum of the Rockies is the region's resource for all things natural history related. The museum is run by Montana State University and has the recognition of being an official affiliate of the Smithsonian. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits, planetarium shows, natural geodes, and towering T-Rex skeletons on display, more than enough to impress. You can even buy some food or souvenirs in the cafe and gift shop.