Year-round, you will discover opportunities to forge your own path as you take in Mother Nature’s beauty. Hike up to the 70-million-year-old peak of the Rimrocks or down to the legendary Yellowstone River. Canoe or kayak along refreshing waterways, ride the rails at the downtown Skate Park, or explore ancient caves where prehistoric hunters once traveled. Wade, float or fish the shoreline of the state’s most famous rivers overflowing with Blue Ribbon fish. Let the fresh Montana air guide you along your outdoor adventures.
There is no better place to hit the trails than in Montana’s Trailhead. Billings offers hundreds of acres of city parks and 47 miles of walking and biking trails surrounding the city. Ride or walk along the legendary Yellowstone River, take in the forever views from Swords Park Trail or head west to a wilder landscape near Zimmerman Park.
The stretch of trail along the Rimrocks is a fantastic place to take in the mountains. These sandstone bluffs surround the city and are estimated to be at least 70 million years old. Zimmerman Park, Swords Rimrock Park and Phipps Park all offer more challenging hiking or mountain biking options amongst sandstone formations. These areas provide great views of the city and surrounding areas. The trails in these parks are more technical with cliffs and steep drop-offs existing throughout. On a clear day, five mountain ranges can be seen from the trail: Pryor, Big Horn, Bull, Crazy and Absaroka-Beartooth.
Approximately seven miles of trails can be explored along the legendary Yellowstone River. Bring a picnic lunch and dip your toes in the water! Riverfront Park and Two Moon Park offer leisurely walks or bike rides along the Yellowstone River. These parks boast an abundance of foliage and are a great place to take in the wildlife. A notable site at Two Moon Park is the Weeping Wall which hugs the northwest side of the park and “weeps” water year-round.
To experience both the sandstone heights and the rivers, explore the Four Dances Recreation Area. Hike from the parking area to the edge of Sacrifice Cliff. Be aware that the steep drop-offs along this trail reach 500 feet over the Yellowstone River! Additional trails in this area lead down through the pine forest and end at the Yellowstone River.
Head up to Pictograph Cave State Park. Explore three caves and see evidence of habitation from 3,000 years ago. This is an excellent place to get out and hike around or just peruse at your leisure. Visit their Visitor Interpretive Center to explore ancient artifacts.
A 64-acre reservoir, Lake Elmo State Park is an urban playground for outdoor adventurers—and four-legged pups. Walk the 1.4-mile nature trail around the lake; cast a line off of Roger’s Pier; or set sail on the lake’s calm waters. Bring the dogs to play at the 200-square-foot fenced-in dog park!
Geocaching is another great way to explore the Trailhead. With more than 500 geocache treasures in the city of Billings alone, this is an ideal way to get outside, take in the history and the six views. Take home some Montana trinkets and leave behind something from your hometown.
From horseback riding to mountain biking, the paths and waterways available to explore are endless.
Want to experience the West the way the cowboys do? Then horseback riding is a must! These folks saddle you up and show you the reins.
Come winter, it’s time to ski the heart-pounding slopes in Montana. The excellent snowfall in Montana and the nearby resorts are sure to make your experience on the fresh pow pow unforgettable.
Wade, float or fish the shoreline of the state’s most famous waterways overflowing with Blue Ribbon fish, all nearby Billings: Rock Creek, the Stillwater, the Boulder, the Musselshell and more!
Splash and climb your way through outdoor adventures at Steep World, The Oasis and Get Air, to name a few.