State Parks & National Monuments

Ready for monumental sites, breathtaking views and awe-inspiring natural wonders? Outdoor Enthusiasts and History Buffs start planning your journey to Little Bighorn National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Chief Plenty Coups State Park and more.


Pictograph Cave State Park

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.

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 as well as the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.


Chief Plenty Coups State Park

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!

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

 Located less than an hour from Billings, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn which took place on June 25-26, 1876 between the United States Seventh Cavalry Regiment led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, and the Sioux and Cheyenne under the political and spiritual leadership of Sitting Bull

Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and Yellowtail Dam

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.

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