Located at the northwest edge of the Yellowstone River Valley, with the striking Rimrocks sandstone cliffs cutting through town, Billings is a place to get outdoors and explore. You'll find numerous parks and trails, many along the Yellowstone River. Visitors can also check out a variety of historic and cultural attractions, including the Western Heritage Center and Moss Mansion.
If a trip to Billings, Montana, is on your calendar, here are my recommendations for fun things to see and do:
The Rimrocks, 200- to 500-foot-high sandstone cliffs, slash through the Billings landscape. Combine these landmarks with the rushing Yellowstone River and Montana's big sky and you find a wonderful place to spend time enjoying outdoor recreation and natural beauty. A round of golf is one popular way to savor the surroundings. Walking, hiking, and biking trails, like the Swords Park Trail and the Dutcher Trail, are found in parks and neighborhoods all around Billings. The Yellowstone and other local rivers are perfect for rafting and fishing. Here are some of the best places to enjoy the outdoors in Billings.
Swords Park and Chief Black Otter Trail
Located atop the Rimrocks, overlooking much of the city, Swords Park gives you access to great views and to Chief Black Otter Trail.
Located along the Yellowstone River, Billings' Riverfront Park offers open lawns for playing or picnicking and trails where you can stretch your legs and take in the scenery. In addition to the river views and wildlife, you can enjoy the park's two tiny lakes, Josephine and Cochran. Under improvement, new facilities and amenities will be added to Riverfront Park in the coming years.
Four Dance Recreation Area
This undeveloped BLM-managed land bordered by the Yellowstone River is great for hiking and wildlife watching.
Special Events & Festivals in BillingsBillings hosts several major events throughout the year, many with an agricultural focus.
- MontanaFair (August)
- Magic City Blues Festival (August)
- The NILE - Northern International Livestock Exposition (October)
- HarvestFest (October)