Welcome to Absarokee, Montana

  • Stillwater River

Absarokee is a scenic, small community is a gateway to fishing, hiking, camping, and outdoor exploration along the Stillwater and Yellowstone rivers and the nearby Absarokee-Beartooth Wilderness.

Absarokee is fourteen miles south of Columbus. The town and the Absaroka Mountains bear an Indian name by which the Crows were originally known. The Crows are of Siouxan origin and were once part of the Hidatsa tribe around the Great Lakes. In the Hidatsa tongue, the Crows were called Absaroka from the words absa, meaning "large-beaked bird" and rokee, meaning "children" or "offspring." In the sign language, they were represented by the flapping of the arms like wings, interpreted as the raven--or crows. Absarokee was originally on Indian Reservation land. (from Cheney's Names on the Face of Montana, Mountain Press Publishing Company)