If you yearn for outdoor adventure, Billings provides nearly limitless opportunities thanks to our pristine lands, scenic beauty, and rugged, rustic charm. If you’re interested in cultural events, Billings will astound you with its impressive selection of music, theater, museums and dining. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Billings, Montana’s Trailhead.
- DanWalt Gardens
- Botanical garden venue for weddings, reunions, memorial services, business and family gatherings. Seasonal tours and luncheons. Please call for availability.
DanWalt Gardens hosts a large selection of perennials zoned for the Billings Montana climate with splendid colors of Irises in early June to the multi-colored hardy hibiscus in August through September. Thousands of annuals and hanging baskets adorn the grounds.
• Conventions/Events Facilities & Services
• Tourist Attractions/Interests
720 Washington St
Billings, MT 59101
- MT Audubon Conservation Education Center
- Our mission is to help sustain the natural heritage of the Yellowstone River watershed through education and research designed to engage individuals and communities in the active care of their environment.
7026 S. Billings Blvd
Billings, MT 59101
- Pictograph Cave State Park
- First there was the land, the mountains and the rivers. Humans are but recent newcomers to this place now called Montana. However, when and how they arrived is still a mystery. Pictograph Cave State Park is a place to contemplate the origins of human habitation of Montana.
The pictographs are more than 2,100 years old. Their interpretations are still subject to great debate. Do they simply document hunts, or do they honor people or their scripts? The images of animals, warriors and even rifles tell a story that has lasted thousands of years. The three main caves - Pictograph, Middle, and Ghost cave complex was home to generations of prehistoric hunters. They were carved from the Eagle sandstone cliff by the forces of water and wind erosion. The first major discovery of artifacts and paintings in the caves was made in 1936.
Approximately 30,000 artifacts, ranging from stone tools, weapons, paintings and the instruments used, have been identified from the site. The red, black and white pigments used provide key information and evidence suggesting that the caves were first used by nomadic hunters seeking shelter. The artifacts discovered allow researchers to pinpoint which peoples used the caves and when they inhabited the region.
The park has paved trails to the caves, with interpretative displays along the route identifying and explaining the natural features, the prehistoric paintings and vegetation found in the area. The Pictograph Cave is the deepest of the three main caves, at approximately 160 feet wide and 45 feet deep. Visitors are advised to bring binoculars to get a better view of the rock art. Allow at least an hour to complete the pleasant .25-mile loop of the ancient rock paintings. Also an excellent site for bird watching. There are picnic facilities available for day use only, but no camping is permitted.
It is a National Historic Landmark. The park is 23 acres in size and 3,500 feet in elevation. It offers vault toilets, grills/fire rings, picnic tables, trashcans, and drinking water.
Bikes are not permitted on the trails, and the trails and cave are not disabled accessible (only the restroom, water fountain, and parking area.) Binoculars are very helpful in viewing the pictographs.
For non-resident visitors, the day use fee is $5 per vehicle.
Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks
Billings, MT 59105
- Swords Park and Black Otter Trail
- Swords Park and Black Otter Trail feature historic sites, scenic drives, jogging trails, a bike path and underdeveloped nature areas.
Download Swords Park Trail Map
- Yellowstone National Park
- Welcome to Yellowstone National Park!
Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America's first national park. Located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world's most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.
- Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary
- Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary is the only public refuge in Montana to house native animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to injury or habituation to humans. We care for 71 animals and birds, many placed here by Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, including wolves, mountain lions, black bears, bison, elk, bobcat, fox, coyote, eagles, hawks, owls and many more. The Nature Center offers visitors an unparalleled chance to learn about these and other animals by observing them at close range and through interpretive displays.
By caring for animals unable to be returned to the wild, the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary's primary focus is to educate the public about the protection and conservation of Montana's wildlife and its habitats.
Formerly known as Beartooth Nature Center
615 2nd St E
Red Lodge, MT
- ZooMontana and Botanical Gardens
- ZooMontana is the regions only Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoo. With over 70-acres, the zoo is home to both native and non-native species, specializing in northern-latitude animals. Visitors can admire animals in a natural setting, housed in state-of-the-art exhibits. The zoo currently hosts over 80,000 visitors annually and is one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. Major exhibits include Amur Tigers, River Otters, Grizzly Bear, Big Horn Sheep, Wolverine, Grey Wolves, Red Pandas, Sika Deer, Bald Eagle, Pygmy Marmoset, and a turn of the century homestead stead house and barn. Visitors can also enjoy the Sensory Garden, one of many botanical gardens located at ZooMontana. The zoo offers a unique space available for family reunions, company picnics, retreats, birthday parties and weddings.
It is ZooMontana’s mission to; create for our visitors an enjoyable and recreation experience while fostering an appreciation for wildlife through education and conservation.