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Trails at Tippet Rise Art Center in Fishtail allow visitors to take in mountains, sculpture

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Riders can hit the trails alongside the sculptures (MTN News) Riders can hit the trails alongside the sculptures (MTN News)
FISHTAIL -

The Tippet Rise Art Center, tucked away in the hills of Fishtail Montana, features a blend of sculptures and music.

And now, the journey to each artistic experience can take place on a bicycle.

"It's just a really unique sort of self-exploration, a way to find art out in the middle of a field or at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains," said Tippet Rise Director of Operations Peter Hinmon.

"You feel like you're on your own and you're exploring the property," said Tippet Rise Interpretive Ranger Jenny Van Ooyen. "It's so beautiful with the various canyons and the beautiful sweeping grasslands and at the same time you get the view of the Beartooths and Crazys and Pryors on a good day."

Hinmon and Van Ooyen are part of a team that keeps hikers and cyclists safe as they wind through the trails, traveling from sculpture to sculpture, at Tippet Rise Art Center.

"When people typically go out to experience art, it's often times confined to the indoors or if it is outside, it's confined to small scale may a couple hundred acres," said Hinmon.

The trails snake through the 10,260 acre working ranch, where cows graze just feet away from the path.

And those who ride the trails during a visit from one of the world-renowned musicians won't need headphones because the music echoes through the air.

The art center's nine miles of groomed trails carry you to an altitude of 5,600 feet.

"You're going to have the best time if you're an intermediate mountain biker, you're going to climb about 1-thousand vertical feet from the bottom of the compass to the Domo and that's around 4 miles so it's definitely challenging but worth it."

The trails are free to ride or hike but visitors should schedule a trek before coming to the center.

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