The average monthly temperatures in Stillwater County range from around 20 degrees in the winter to more than 60 degrees in the summer, depending on elevation. Columbus, the county seat, averages 67 in the summer months and 29 degrees in the winter. The sun shines year round with white winters, colorful falls and beautiful springs.


Columbus is located along the Yellowstone River, 40 miles west of Billings, 100 miles east of Bozeman and 130 miles north of Yellowstone Park.


As of the 2011 U.S. Census, the population of Stillwater County was 9,131. Columbus is the largest incorporated town with a population of 1,891.


Medical clinics are located in Absarokee and Columbus, as well as dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, a convalescent home, assisted living centers and ambulances throughout the county. In the fall of 2012, the Stillwater Billings Clinic in Columbus completed construction, offering expanded medical services including radiology, physical therapy and more.


Absarokee K-6 and 7-12; Columbus K-5, 6-8 and 9-12; Fishtail K-8; Molt K-8; Nye K-6; Park City K-12; Rapelje K-12; Reed Point K-12.


Comprised of prairie farmland to the north and mountains to the south, Stillwater County is bisected by fertile river valleys. Cattle, sheep, alfalfa and grass hay are some of the biggest operations/crops. Also produced is barley, oats and corn on dry and irrigated land.