The highest peak in the range is Francs Peak at 13,153 ft (4,009 m). There are forty-six other peaks over 12,000 ft (3,658 m).
Much of the Absarokas are protected, not only by Yellowstone Park, but also by the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, North Absaroka Wilderness, Teton Wilderness, and Washakie Wilderness, all located in Bridger-Teton National Forest, Custer National Forest and Shoshone National Forests.
U.S. Highway 212 from Billings, Montana to Yellowstone climbs over Beartooth Pass (10,796 ft, 3,290 m) in the neighboring Beartooth Mountains before winding through the Absarokas at the NE gate to Yellowstone National Park. It is only open during the summer.
USS Absaroka was named after this mountain range.
It is named for the Absaroka Indians.