Historic & Scenic

Billings attractions include Pompey’s Pillar, Pictograph Cave, Chief Plenty Coups State Park, Zoo Montana, and Yellowstone Art Museum. Within 100 miles are Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Red Lodge Mountain Resort, and the Beartooth Highway, which links Red Lodge to Yellowstone National Park.

Three entrances to Yellowstone National Park are in Montana. From Billings enter the park at the East Gate.

  • Pictograph Cave State Park

    The park is a place to contemplate the origins of human habitation in Montana. The Pictograph Cave site was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1964, because of its archeological significance. Today’s visitors can enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the mystery of this extraordinary site and tour the new visitor center.Prehistoric hunters who camped in Pictograph Cave left behind artifacts and over 100 pictographs, or rock paintings. The oldest rock art in the cave is over 2,000 years old.

  • Pompeys Pillar

    In July 1806,William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the Billings area. On July 25 he arrived at what is now known as Pompeys Pillar and wrote in his journal “… at 4 P M arrived at a remarkable rock … this rock I ascended and from its top had a most extensive view in every direction.”Clark carved his name and the date into the rock, leaving the only remaining physical evidence of the expedition that is visible along their route. He named the place Pompy’s Tower, naming it after the son of his Shoshone interpreter and guide Sacajawea. In 1965, Pompeys Pillar was designated as a national historic landmark, and was proclaimed a national monument in January 2001. An interpretive center has been built next to the monument.

  • Zoo Montana

    Come meet the animals at our zoo in Billings. Click here to see all the animals.

Fishing

Fly Fishing in Montana

My Top 5 Drive Up Fishing Spots Near Billings by Scott Sery

  • Yellowstone River

Of course the first on my list is the river that runs right through our backyard. Fishing on the Yellowstone River is easy to do from shore, and you can go to just about any public access spot and find a good hole. So hit up Duck Creek Bridge, Riverfront Park, or head out toward Huntley. Chances are with a bucket of worms and a couple hours you will come home with at least a few fish.

  • West Rosebud Lake

West Rosebud is the trailhead for a lot of great hiking in the Beartooths. West Rosebud Lake is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon fishing, or just admiring the mountains. The lake is packed full of trout, and you can catch them all year round.

  • Wild Bill Lake

Wild Bill Lake is my favorite lake to take little kids to. With a great pathway that goes all the way around the lake and a
20 yard hike from parking lot to the water, it’s a fun place for the whole family. If you go to fish, don’t plan to keep anything. It’s stocked with brook trout and fished so heavily you will be lucky to get something bigger than 7 inches.

  • Greenough Lake

While Greenough Lake isn’t technically a drive-up spot, it is still on the list because it’s a short ¼ mile hike along a road from the parking lot to the shores. Since there is this “hike” it is a little less crowded that Wild Bill Lake, so you can get away a little better. Of course this isn’t true during the busy summer weekends; the campground will be packed. But hit it up during a weekday and you can enjoy some relative quiet.

  • Bighorn River

I can’t put together a list of the top 5 places without including the world famous Bighorn River. Some of the biggest trout I have seen came out of this river, primarily due to the fact that the water is “warm” all year round. This allows the bugs to thrive and the fish to feed heavily regardless of the season. If you hit up the river, you will want waders and be prepared to walk quite a bit.

Entertainment

Things to do in Billings Mt

  • Red Lodge Mountain Ski

    Nestled within the Beartooth Mountains, Red Lodge Mountain delivers big mountain fun without the big crowds or big prices. We prize great skiing and great people over glitz and glamour, and nowhere is that more evident than in our diverse mix of terrain and friendly staff. But most of all we believe that on a powder day you should be free to seek out your own secret stash. Because you shouldn’t have to settle for first tracks when you can enjoy first, second, and third tracks. Red Lodge Mountain is Montana skiing, pure & simple.

  • Cattle Auctions

    100,000 cows are bought and sold every year in Billings. Schedule of auction

  • Conventions Music Events

    Check out the list of conventions music events, free events, and charity events in Billing Mt

  • Metra Park Rimrock Auto Arena events
  • Beartooth Mountains

    For its isolation, wilderness feel and sheer heights, this sprawling mountain uplift is unparalleled in the state.  Hundreds of lakes dot the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.

  • Granite Peak

    At 12,799 feet, Granite Peak is the highest point in Montana. Summiting Granite is a right of passage for mountaineers in the state. It is the exclamation point for all of the spectacular Beartooth Plateau.

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