Failing to plan is planning to fail. Fortunately, we've got all kinds of plans for all kinds of pleasures: take a moment to browse through the opportunities that await you in Billings.

Timeframe: 2 Day or customize to your own timeframe

Planning: Customize this itinerary on your own or use our suggestion in the description below

Description: A 2-day Great Escape into the clean air, endless skies, and a kaleidoscope of badlands, flatlands, and highlands that includes history, culture, trophy fishing, and a really great steak. If you want to enjoy continuously-changing scenery, travel north on Highway 87 out of Billings and drive to Roundup and the beautiful Bull Mountains. While not the highest mountain range in Montana, the Bulls offer some of the most scenic vistas in the state. Roundup offers shopping of all kinds, two museums and their scenic “River Walk.”

From Roundup, drive east on Highway 12 and take in some of the unusual sandstone structures visible along the route. Be sure to stop in Ingomar, once one of the world’s leading sheep-producing regions, and home today to the historic Jersey Lilly Saloon. This rustic 100-plus-year-old building is a great place to have lunch or a snack. Be sure to try the “Best Cowboy Beans in the West” and their “sheep-herders’ hors d’ouvres.“ If you call ahead, you can even arrange to take a ride on a real horse-drawn stagecoach to see the buffalo herd that calls the area home. You can even stay overnight at the Bunk ‘n’ Biscuit B&B.

Proceeding south and east on highway 12 brings you to Forsyth, county seat of Rosebud County and the site of one of the most beautiful courthouses in Montana. Forsyth is also home every year to the “Matthew Quigley Buffalo Rifle Match” where over 500 participants, many dressed in 19th century garb, shoot original and replica black powder rifles at metal silhouette targets up to 1/2 mile away. Additionally, Forsyth is a hub for railroad traffic hauling coal and grain from the plains of Montana to destinations throughout the world. You’ll also want to stop at the Rosebud County Museum to view some of their unusual collections.

From Forsyth, it’s only an hour-and-half west on I-94 back to Billings. Along the way, you can stop in Hysham to visit the Treasure County Museum in the “Yucca Theater,” one of eastern Montana’s more unique structures.

And don’t forget to stop at Pompey’s Pillar, just 26 miles west of Billings. This famous sandstone outcropping is famous for the signature that Capt. William Clark carved into it in 1806 on his return leg of the Lewis and Clark Voyage of Discovery. Climb to the top and you’ll enjoy a vista that is very much like the view Clark and his men experienced over 200 years ago.

When you get back to Billings, take advantage of big city entities like spas and fine dining. As Montana’s largest city, it is unequaled in the state for the variety of entertaining and relaxing diversions available.


Timeframe: Trips can be enjoyed in as little as a two hour ride minutes from downtown Billings to a multi-day trail ride out of town.

Planning: Reserve Ahead.

Description: Enjoy many different riding options for everyone from beginner to expert. Along the banks of the Little Bighorn River, horseback riding is an enjoyable way to explore and experience the western outdoors. From motorcoach groups to small traveling groups, these horse rides are an enjoyable way for all to view the majestic outdoors in Montana’s Big Sky Country. Transportation can be provided from Billings, Montana. Rides are available near the historic site of Custer’s Last Stand, through the Pryor Mountains, and so much more. Beginners will be given a quick lesson by a guide so that they can start, stop, turn, and ride a horse.

Timeframe: Half to Full Day Tour

Planning: Reserve Ahead.

Description: Get inspired by this guided and unique tour of the “Pathway though the Bible,” a garden with biblical stories and rock formations. Next, you’ll experience the breathtaking Beartooth Pass, then return to Red Lodge for lunch and self guided shopping. We’ll return to Billings via the old mining town of Bear Creek.


Timeframe: Customizable

Planning: Reserve Ahead.

Description: A cowboy western activity and country event for adventurous people and families. The Whoopah Ride involves a covered wagon train adventure, historic site visits to Pompey’s Pillar and the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Musical entertainment and classic Western Romance cuisine will round out the ride.

Timeframe: (Full day tours on Saturdays from June to September)

Planning: Reserve Ahead

Description: Enjoy the Wild Mustang Tours and experience the majesty of the horses on either ATV or in a 4-wheel vehicle in the Pryor Mountains.


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