WILDERNESS FLY-FISHING & PACK TRIPS
Upon arrival in Big Timber, you will be staying at ABO Headquarters in the ABO Lodge. Check in time is between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. Dinner will be at 7:00pm. The following morning, breakfast will be at 6:30am with departure for the mountains at approximately 7:30am. You will spend 5 glorious days in the mountains. On the 5th day you will ride out of the mountains after breakfast and return to the ABO Lodge in Big Timber late afternoon, early evening. We will have dinner ready for you when you return. After a good night's rest and a hearty breakfast, you will depart. Our wish is you leave wishing you could stay!
Please check in with ABO when you are an hour out of Big Timber.
Guests Driving: Big Timber is located off Interstate 90 between Bozeman and Billings. Bozeman to Big Timber is 60 miles, driving time 1 hour. Billings to Big Timber is 90 miles, driving time 1½ hours.
Guests Flying: Plan to fly into the Bozeman International Airport (BZN) the day before your trip begins. The following airlines service Bozeman:
Delta 1-800-325-1999 American 1-800-433-7300 Frontier 1-800-432-1359
Northwest 1-800-225-2525 Horizon Air 1-800-547-9308
Alaska Airlines 1-800-252-7522 United 1-800-864-8331
The service is usually very good into Bozeman. However, this is a college town, home to Montana State University, so make your reservations early.
Check out Montana Travel (1-800-247-3538) or (firstname.lastname@example.org) for some of the best air fares available. Remember, Bozeman is on Mountain Time so keep that in mind when making your travel arrangements.
If you are flying do not make your outbound flight too early. Remember, you are 1 hour 6 minutes from Big Timber to the Bozeman airport. Add 1 ½ to 2 hours for airport check-in and rental car return. Plan on leaving Big Timber 3 hours before your flight time.
We recommend you rent a car. It is an easy drive from the Bozeman airport east on Interstate 90 to Big Timber. It is a very busy time of year and all our "hands" are busy preparing a great adventure for you. However, if necessary we can provide you with shuttle service from the Bozeman Airport to the ABO Lodge in Big Timber and return you to the airport in Bozeman at the end of your trip. The cost of this service is $300 round trip.
If you have the time, arrive a day or two early or stay a day after your ABO trip to enjoy some of what Bozeman and Big Timber to offer. Bozeman and Big Timber are delightful old western towns.
Big Timber has 5-star dining at the Grand Hotel and the best Huckleberry Milkshake you will ever experience! Check out McLeod Street for fun and unique shops with great prices. Don't miss Gusts Department Store (it will take you back in time), Cinnabar Creek for a great espresso and gifts, the Bakery for yummy treats and many other fun shops.
Bozeman has great restaurants, wonderful art galleries, the Museum of the Rockies, a fabulous shop on Main Street called Go West and many other fun places to shop and visit.
If you plan to extend your trip, we recommend the following hotels.
Big Timber, Montana
The Grand Hotel (www.thegrand-hotel.com) (406-932-4459).
The Grand Hotel Bed and Breakfast is a charming and beautifully renovated historical hotel in downtown Big Timber. The hotel provides a wonderful full breakfast but not before 8:00 am. It has a well-stocked vintage bar which serves lunch and dinner. But for those with a "grander" palette it sports a fabulous restaurant that serves delicious gourmet dinners. The dining room is very popular so be sure to make a reservation.
The C'mon Inn (www.cmoninn.com) (406-587-3555).
The C'mon Inn's heavy timbered look with Montana's big game animals perched on rocks and above waterfalls has the charm and feel of a mountain lodge. Comfortable rooms, an indoor pool, several hot tubs, a breakfast bar and shuttle service to the airport leave you wanting for little. The Outback Steakhouse is conveniently located next door. The C'mon Inn is located off Interstate 90 at Exit 305 on East Valley Center Road.
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bozeman West (www.holidayinnexpress.com) (406-582-4995). The Holiday Inn Express is a small, friendly hotel conveniently located at 2305 Catron Street. The Inn has a breakfast bar that opens at 5:30 each morning, comfortable rooms, pool and exercise facility. They provide shuttle service to the airport. Make your reservations early. The summer is a busy time for tourists while the fall is filled with college related activities.