Babb, MT

Minutes from the eastern edge of Glacier National Park at the junction of U.S. Route 89 and Many Glacier Road on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Babb is one of the region's smallest towns, but it has plenty to offer. You'll find good food in Babb (including vegetarian and gluten-free fare), plus excellent fishing on nearby Duck Lake. (When fishing on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, be sure to purchase a tribal fishing permit.)

Insider Tip

One of summer's uniquest events is Fill Your Own Bucket Day at Glacier County Honey. You can tour the honey plant, meet the bees and—you guessed it—fill your very own bucket with this local honey.

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History

Originally, around 1874, Babb was a whiskey post that attracted customers even from the Kootenay side of the Rockies. The broad flood plain by the town was sometimes a battlefield when enemies arrived at the same time. More recently, the town was famous for the Babb Bar where usually one could observe pickups, motorcycles and horses in equal numbers, all parked outside while their operators enjoyed the inside. If things got a little too rowdy, the (female) cook came out with a cast iron frying pan and restored order. Once some of the younger and more high-class clientele of the hippie era were enjoying a round-table and began discussing bars they had known and loved on several continents. Their two favorites were the No-Name Bar in Sausalito and this one, the legendary Babb Bar. Nevertheless, times change and Bobby Burns decided to upgrade, replacing the bar with a rather fabulous dinner club decorated with dream-catchers and an elegant fresco of Blackfeet history.

Now named for Cyrus C. Babb, who supervised the St. Mary Irrigation Project that diverted water to the Montana side and that is now disintegrating, endangering the futures of the towns and ranchers all along the High Line, the town was earlier called Main. Orrin S. Main married Isabel, the sister of George Starr and the daughter of Frank Pablo, influential men with Mexico in their background. In 1885 when the Riel Rebellion failed and the Red River Nation dispersed through Montana, several Metis and Chippewa families took refuge here.

In the early part of the 20th century, before the Thronsons, the Telleferos operated a branch of the Sherburne Mercantile. In those days horse-rustlers and other outlaws (notably Big Nose George) hid out near Chief Mountain, dodging back and forth over the international boundary. Mrs. Tellefero kept a shotgun leaning against the head of her bed. Mr. Tellefero told colorful stories of men down on their luck who occasionally slept on the store counters. They never stole anything. It was a strangely mixed time.

Featured Listings

Sun Tours

Sun Tours

City: East Glacier Park
Phone: 800.786.9220

29 Glacier Ave
East Glacier Park, Montana 59434

Other Listings

Blackfeet Outfitters

  • City: Babb
  • Address: #10 Montana Highway 17
  • Phone: 406.450.8420
  • Website: blackfeetoutfitters.com

Blackfeet Outfitters Jeep and Hiking Tours

  • City: Babb
  • Address: #10 Montana Highway 17
  • Phone: 406.450.8420
  • Website: blackfeettours.com

Blackfeet Rafting Company

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 10 Highway 17
  • Phone: 406.450.8420

Don's Hideaway

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 3600 US Highway 89 North
  • Phone: 406.396.0537
  • Website: twosistersofmontana.com

Duck Lake Cabin

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 131 West Shore Duck Lake Road
  • Phone: 406.270.7550
  • Website: vrbo.com/392359

Duck Lake Campground

  • City: Babb
  • Address: Highway 464
  • Phone: 406.338.2777

Duck Lake Loft

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 355 South Shore Duck Lake Road
  • Phone: 360.886.9323
  • Website: vrbo.com/564465

Glacier Trailhead Cabins

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 40 Glacier Trailhead Road
  • Phone: 406.732.4143
  • Website: glaciertrailheadcabins.com

Many Glacier Hotel (Many Glacier Valley)

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 36 Many Glacier Hotel Loop
  • Phone: 855.733.4522
  • Website: glaciernationalparklodges.com

Martin's Vacation Rentals

  • City: Babb
  • Address: Duck Lake Estates Parcel B
  • Phone: 406.336.2460
  • Website: vrbo.com/405519

Montana Old West Outfitters

  • City: Babb
  • Address: South Shore Duck Lake Road
  • Phone: 406.338.2777

Montana's Duck Lake Lodge

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 3215 Highway 464
  • Phone: 406.338.5770
  • Website: montanasducklakelodge.com

Paul Ranch Montana LLC

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 83 Siers
  • Phone: 406.470.0272
  • Website: paulranch.com

Ptarmigan Dining Room at Many Glacier Hotel

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 36 Many Glacier Hotel Loop
  • Phone: 855.733.4522
  • Website: glaciernationalparklodges.com

Sun Tours

  • City: East Glacier Park
  • Address: 29 Glacier Avenue
  • Phone: 406.226.9220
  • Website: glaciersuntours.com

The Cafe at Montana's Duck Lake Lodge

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 3215 Highway 464
  • Phone: 406.338.5770
  • Website: ducklakelodge.com

The Hun's Den

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 4014 US Highway 89
  • Phone: 406.732.5537

The Stone House at Duck Lake

  • City: Babb
  • Address: Lot #4 West Shore Drive
  • Phone: 406.250.9415
  • Website: thestonehouseatducklake.com

Thronson's

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 4013 US Highway 89
  • Phone: 406.732.5530

Two Sisters Cafe

  • City: Babb
  • Address: 3600 US Highway 89 North
  • Phone: 406.732.5535
  • Website: twosistersofmontana.com

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