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Colstrip [1] is a town in Southeastern Montana.


Colstrip, Montana was established in the early 20th century at the edge of Armell's Creek. The nearest towns are Lame Deer, Montana and Forsyth, Montana. Colstrip's rolling grass hills have sandstone outcroppings, ponderosa pines, and sagebrush. It is located near a coal strip mine, and coal-powered electricity generating plants. You may be visiting relatives, interviewing for a job, seeing a high school game, or just driving through, and you should enjoy Colstrip while you are here.

Get In[edit]

Colstrip is located 29 miles south of Interstate 94 on highway 39. There are no commercial buses, flights, or trains that service Colstrip. The nearest large city with a commercial airport is Billings, which is 120 miles from Colstrip.

Get Around[edit]

There is no taxi service for Colstrip. You should have your own car / motorcycle, or rental to get around.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Contact Westmoreland Mining Company [2] subsidiary Western Energy for a tour of the Rosebud Mine.
  • Contact PPL Pacific Power & Light [3], owners of the Colstrip power plants, for a tour

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Colstrip Park and Recreation District, 406-748-3326, [4].  edit

Every year on the last weekend in June, the town celebrates Colstrip Days. This is great opportunity to visit Colstrip, since there are tours, parades, plays, and other special events.

  • Ponderosa Golf Course [5]
  • Schoolhouse History and Art Center [6]
  • St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church [7]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Colstrip Town Pump, (406) 748-3533.  edit
  • Colstrip Super Stop, (406) 748-4514.  edit
  • Rosebud IGA, Inc., (406) 748-3377.  edit
  • Coal Bowl. Bowling center, bar, resturant  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Miner House Bar
  • Whisky Gulch Saloon

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Lake View Bed and Breakfast [8]
  • Fort Union Inn [9]
  • Super 8 of Colstrip [10]


A good starting point for travel contacts is the Colstrip Chamber of Commerce [11].

Stay Safe[edit]

Be careful when visiting bars in and around Colstrip. Be respectful, and if you enter a bar that has tree stumps chained to the floor for bar stools, be very respectful.

Get Out[edit]

Nearby Forsyth Montana is a pleasant river town on the Yellowstone River, and seat of the Rosebud County. Nearby Lame Deer is located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, and in the summer hosts a great Pow Wow.

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