Billings is known as “Montana’s Trailhead” for a reason. Discover more than 47 of them and plan your next hiking or mountain biking adventure here.
No matter your skill level or how much of an adventure you’re seeking, Billings boasts more than 47 miles of trails that introduce hikers and mountain bikers to stunning Montana landscapes. From navigating the iconic Rimrocks encircling downtown to challenging steeps, check out all that awaits adrenaline seekers in Billings.
Four Dances Recreation Area (easy)
The 3 mile out-and-back trail at Four Dances Recreation Area features a modest elevation gain (656 feet) and numerous lookouts to take in views of the Yellowstone River flowing below.
Skyline Trail (easy)
New in 2023, the Skyline Trail is a paved, multiuse trail that makes the Rimrocks more accessible to runners, walkers, bicyclists and people using assistive mobility devices. Skyline Trail connects with the paved trail at Swords Rimrocks Park, to now offer a continuous 7 miles of paved path atop the Rims. Additionally, Skyline Trail provides top-of-the-world views of Billings as well as the Beartooth, Pryor and Bighorn Mountain ranges in the distance.
Riverfront Park (easy)
Adjacent to the Yellowstone River and Lake Josephine, the 4-mile loop at Riverfront Park is relatively flat and treats visitors to views of local wildlife. Make a day of it with a picnic lunch and a game of volleyball on the courts located in the park.
Two Moon Park (easy)
The popular 1.9-mile loop at Two Moon Park also is dog-friendly and runs along the Yellowstone River. The relatively flat, short trail is perfect for sneaking in a quick jog or hike.
Swords Rimrock Park (easy)
Just outside of downtown, the 60-acre Swords Rimrock Park features a nearly 4-mile paved trail perched atop the northern end of downtown Billings.
Zimmerman Park (intermediate)
Just west of Swords Rimrock Park, Zimmerman Park offers a slightly more challenging experience atop Billings’ iconic Rimrocks. There are two routes hikers and mountain bikers can choose – an upper and a lower – but both bring things up a notch with rockier terrain, dense foliage and plenty of sharp turns.
Phipps Park (intermediate-difficult)
Multiple trails and routes are available at Phipps Park, carving through and around sandstone buttes and brush-covered plateaus. While the main 4.1-mile loop trail boasts a modest elevation gain of 432 feet, the narrow paths, rocky terrain and tight switchbacks make it one of the more challenging hikes or bikes in Billings.
Action Recreation Area (difficult)
Just 30 minutes outside of Billings, Acton Recreation Area offers more challenging hiking among minor badlands, steep drainages, weathered shale and scattered ponderosa pine. 23 miles of trails descend as much as 4,000 feet across 12 different trail systems with difficulty ranging from intermediate to very difficult.
In addition to these featured trails and parks, there are miles of additional locations in and around Billings where you can keep your hiking and biking exploration going. Check out the official trail map for a complete overview of the local trail system.
No matter your experience level, we want your visit to Billings to be memorable for all the right reasons. We encourage all visitors to adhere to safety principles – be visible, predictable, lawful, courteous and understanding. Click here to read more about how to safely explore Billings through our local trails.
Forget to pack your gear? There are plenty of outposts in Billings where you can buy or rent equipment and talk to a local expert to get the inside scoop on making the most of your adventure. Stop in at The Spoke Shop, Paddles & Wheels, The Bike Shop, SCHEELS or The Base Camp and tell them Visit Billings sent you. They’ll be happy to get you the equipment you need to tackle the trails all day long.