About Stillwater County

Stillwater County is located in south-central Montana and consists of 1,793 square miles with geographic features that range from the Beartooth Mountains at the southern end of the county, to the Stillwater and Yellowstone River Valleys in the central section, to the lake basins and coulees at the northern end. Elevation ranges from 3,400 feet above sea level near Park City, in the east-central part of the county, to over 12,000 feet above sea level near Granite Peak, on the southern boundary of Stillwater County. Columbus is the County Seat.
Climate - Average monthly temperatures in Stillwater County range from over 60° in the summer to around 20° in the winter, depending upon location and elevation. Columbus, as the County Seat, has an average daily temperature of 70° in the summer and 21° in the winter, with the summer temperatures seldom reaching 100° and no humidity. The sun shines throughout the year with a beautifully colorful fall, snow covered winter and a spring that starts the spectacular beauty of the valley all over again.
Location - Columbus is located 40 miles west of Billings and 100 miles east of Bozeman and 145 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.
Population - The population of Stillwater County in 2002 was 8420, including Columbus with a population of 1,854.
Medical - There are medical clinics, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, a convalescent center, mental health centers and ambulance services located throughout the county, with Stillwater Community Hospital located in Columbus.
Schools - Absarokee: K-6 & 7-12; Columbus: K-6 & 7-12; Fishtail: K-8; Molt: K-8; Nye: K-6; Park City: K-12; Rapelje: K-12; Reedpoint: K-12