A-B Wilderness Gateway Community Visitor Guide

The ABWF strives to be a good steward of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, but it is just as important for us to be good stewards of the communities surrounding the wilderness too. Local businesses in our gateway communities can help you make the most of your wilderness experience, whether you need

  • last minute supplies before hitting the trail,
  • a juicy burger and cold beverage to celebrate your return,
  • a local guide to help show the way,
  • a special gift to share the memories,
  • or other local attractions to visit while you are here

Please support the local businesses that support wilderness conservation.

Does your business want to be included in our A-B Wilderness Gateway Community Visitor Guide?

 Become an ABWF sponsor or contact Patrick Cross at [email protected] to learn more

Red Lodge Area

Outdoor Gear and Recreation

Sylvan Peak Mountain Shop

Sylvan Peak Mountain Shop is located in the heart of downtown Red Lodge, Montana. They have been in business for 29 years, providing quality outdoor gear and clothing. Nestled at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains, they serve the fine people of South-Central Montana and surrounding areas!

Crazy Creek Products

Our origins start in Red Lodge, Montana, at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains. A backdrop that not only served as inspiration for our products, but as testing ground for our legendary chairs. Since 1987 we’ve working to produce lasting outdoor products with a singular focus – to perfect “just sit there” no matter what terrain “there” might include.

Beartooth Mountain Guides

Beartooth Mountain Guides has developed the listed activities, trips and guided climbs to respond to a variety of needs based on the public’s interest in adventure sports and outdoor pursuits. In 2002 we were awarded a permit by the Beartooth Ranger District to provide instruction and guidance for a variety of mountain activities that travel throughout the Beartooth Range.

Beartooth Recreational Trails Association

The Beartooth Recreational Trails Association (BRTA) was organized in 2002 to: 1) continue operations of the Red Lodge Nordic Center (RLNC); 2) promote non-motorized trails in Red Lodge and along the Beartooth Front.

They work  with the Forest Service, the City of Red Lodge, Carbon County, private land owners and other organizations to create and maintain trails. They have attracted many supporters and are an official 501(c)3 non-profit.  They rely on your donations, and they are tax deductible.

Zephyr Adventures 

Zephyr was created because they love active travel and wanted to bring this passion to others. They only run about 15 public tours per year, which allows us to handpick locations from around the world we think will be most appealing to our travelers. They recognize this means your preferred tour location or date might not be available, which is why they also have a very strong private tour option with low minimum numbers.

They are a small but mighty team that is here to help guide you on your own extraordinary adventure!

Food & Beverage

Red Lodge Pizza Co. & Natali’s Front Bar

Red Lodge Pizza Co. started with a crazy idea from a couple of newlywed 30 year olds back in 1996, can we make hand-tossed pizza with made-from-scratch dough and fresh ingredients for our community to eat and love?  So, the newly married Tom and Eliza Kuntz bought this historic building you’re sitting in today, mixed the made-from-scratch dough, hand tossed it into pizza crusts, topped them with fresh ingredients, cooked them on pizza stones, and opened the doors of the newly established  Red Lodge Pizza Co… …and the people loved it, and they keep coming back! 

On the other side of the front counter at Pizza Co. exists and oasis of locally brewed micro brew beer on tap. They keep up to 17 beers fresh and rotated through our tap selection yearly. Beer is what we’re known for, come sit with us and have a cold one!

Sam’s Taproom

Sam’s Tap Room & Kitchen is a public bar and restaurant attached to Red Lodge Ales Brewing Company. Open every day from 11 AM—9 PM, Sam’s offers casual dining in a local and friendly atmosphere. The flavors are bold, salads are fresh, soups are hearty and sandwiches are BIG—to match the flavor and philosophy of Sam’s beer. We hope you agree. 

Stop by and enjoy a pint on our outdoor patio, join the friendly bartenders inside for a sampling tray or get cozy and relax with complimentary wifi by the fire place.

Carbon County Steakhouse

The Carbon County Steakhouse is one of the most well known and loved steakhouses in Montana and Wyoming. Their unique modern-western ambience is a mix of the 1800’s cowboy cattle drives and contemporary fine-dining, featuring world-class wines, and diet friendly cuisines. They serve humanely raised and locally-sourced meats from Gallagher’s Natural Beef & Produce, a family owned and operated ranch in Clark, Wyoming 30 miles from our restaurant.

Billings Area

Food & Beverage

Thirsty Street Brewing Company

Thirsty Street at the Garage is home to Thirsty Street Brewing Co.’s main brewing operations. The Garage taproom has 14 Thirsty Street beers on tap, plus wine, cider, seltzer, and NA options. The taproom also features a stage, where they host live music, trivia, comedy, and more!

Attractions

ZooMontana

ZooMontana is a zoological/botanical garden, accredited arboretum and educational facility in Billings Montana. We are dedicated to the conservation of wildlife throughout Montana and the 45th parallel of earth. ZooMontana cares for over 80 animals of 56 different species, including Amur Tigers, Grizzly Bear, Wolverine, River Otters, Takin, and Canada Lynx, among others, most of which are rescues.

Livingston Area

Food & Beverage

Katabatic Brewing Co.

Katabatic Brewing Company is ready to take craft beer in Montana to the next level. Katabatic was founded by Montanans that are passionate about crafting full-bodied beer and building a local beer culture based on Montana traditions. Our beers embody Montana’s individualistic pride, majestic scenery and tough past. Our tagline, “Rugged, Yet Refined,” captures the rugged mountains that surround Livingston and the refined quality of our beer.

Lodging

Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch

Life at Hawley Mountain Dude Ranch, well it’s wild and remote! We are the last dude ranch at the end of a gravel road. Take part in the outdoor activities with us and then you, whether single or with your family, will eat meals together with the staff and owners . After a week of memory-making at Hawley Mountain Guest Ranch and interacting with others, you’ll take away new experiences and long-lasting friendships. Sign up now and join us for a fun refreshing vacation.

Bozeman Area

Food & Beverage

Bozeman Brewing Company

Bozeman Brewing Company, fondly known as The Bozone, is Gallatin Valley’s oldest operating craft brewery. Founded in 2001 on the edge of the town’s historic Brewery District, our tap room serves a robust list of seasonal ales, lagers, and sour brews.

MAP Brewing Co. 

MAP Brewing Company focuses on delivering fresh, local, and high quality Montana beer served in a warm, friendly, and comfortable atmosphere.  Great craft beer, good times, and great community are the cornerstone of it all. Whether you ski, bike, fish, hunt, or just walk the dog…the MAP Room is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy unparalleled views of the mountains while sipping on a fresh MAP Beer!  Great food is available whenever we are open from Grille 406 including: local bison,  Yellowstone Grass-fed Beef, salads, table food to share, and menu items for the kids as well.

Attractions

Big Sky Wildlife Art

Montana artist Robert Schlenker works primarily in oils, focusing on landscape and wildlife art. Robert has been painting professionally for over 30 years and his art reflects a lifelong infatuation with wild places. 
Robert is a full time artist and a signature member of Artists for Conservation (AFC) an international group of 500 artists spanning five continents and nearly 30 countries. AFC is focused on nature, supporting conservation organizations and their partners communicate the important issues facing us and our natural world today.

Cooke City Area

Outdoor Gear and Recreation

Beartooth Powder Guides

Beartooth Powder Guides offers a wide range of guided backcountry skiing options for all abilities, fitness levels and conditions. From scenic tours in Yellowstone National Park to Cooke City’s classic powder and alpine terrain, we offer ski guiding services throughout the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness, the Lamar Valley and Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park, as well as south of Big Sky.

Beartooth Powder Guides also offers a wide variety of Avalanche, Skills and Ski Mountaineering courses in the mountains that surround Cooke City.

Lodging

Silver Gate Lodging

At Silver Gate Lodging you should expect to find nature staring you in the face instead of your phone screen. We are happy to be ‘mostly’ off the grid, and yes, we do realize that for some that is almost impossible. For those guests, we do have satellite internet service that is working most of the time in our common area, but no internet in our cabins. And the download speed is probably much slower than what you’re used to getting. 

Our story started with our founder Henry Finkbeiner, a nature lover looking for a place to unplug, relax and get away from it all. Henry was introduced to the wonders of national parks by his grandfather who just happened to take him through Silver Gate via the Beartooth pass on their way to Yellowstone National Park. Something about Silver Gate stuck with him.

Does your business want to be included in our A-B Wilderness Gateway Community Visitor Guide?

 Become an ABWF sponsor or contact Patrick Cross at [email protected] to learn more