Explore three caves and see evidence of habitation from 2,000 years ago. Stop in their Visitor Interpretive Center and explore ancient artifacts. This is an excellent place to get out and hike around or just peruse at your leisure. Insider Tip: Want to experience the breathtaking Yellowstone River? Stop at Four Dances Recreation Area on your way back to Billings.
Enjoy the scenic drive to Chief Plenty Coups State Park, where you can discover the history of the Apsáalooke people’s last traditional tribal chief with an informative visitor’s center and a half-mile walk of the grounds. Visit Chief Plenty Coups’ home and learn about Native culture, history, and legacy. Insider tip: Bring a picnic lunch!
Experience history on the grounds of the most visited attraction in Montana, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. This battle, also known as Custer’s Last Stand, has more books written about it than any other battle in history. Immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings of Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. The canyon oversees a diversified landscape of forest, mountains, upland prairie, deep canyons, lake and wetlands.
Enjoy the rolling hills and sweeping planes while you drive to Pompeys Pillar National Monument. Clark’s inscription is still the only remaining visible, physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s passing on their actual route. This historic carving on the sandstone butte, that Clark called a “remarkable rock,” has inspired generations of visitors for more than 100 years. Climb atop the Pillar to experience the Yellowstone River and see Clark’s final view of the Rocky Mountains. Stop in at the interpretive center and gift shop before heading back to Billings.
Explore the spectacular Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowtail Dam. The 71-mile-long lake, straddling the Montana-Wyoming border, is one of the largest canyons in the U.S.