Judith Basin County is located near the center of Montana and comprises 1,871 square miles. Fewer than ten communities reside in this area with a total population of roughly 2,000 people.
The county seat of Judith Basin County is Stanford. This small and friendly town features attractions such as the Judith Basin Museum. The legendary “White Wolf” of Stanford (shot in 1930) can be seen on display at the Basin Trading Post.
In 1895, sapphires were discovered at Yogo Gulch, about 15 miles southwest of Utica. From this discovery arose the small community of Sapphire Village, which was originally home to sapphire miners and their families in the early 1900s. It is located 11 miles southwest of Utica and can still be visited today.
For a time, cowboy artist Charlie Russell lived in Judith Basin County and drew inspiration for many of his paintings there.
Some of Hobson’s landscape can be seen in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, the 1974 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.
Ackley Lake State Park is located southwest of Hobson, a short ten to fifteen minute drive. The lake offers great fishing opportunities for trout, as well as opportunities for other water recreation such as skiing and swimming. Visitors can stay overnight at one of the 290-acre park’s campsites.