Billings Rimrocks

Top 5 Amazing Free Things to Do in Billings Montana

Visitors to Billings, Montana will be pleased to find that although many of the area attractions charge a door price or fee per car, there are also things to do and see that cost nothing. Here are some free things to do in and around Billings.

Check out all the local History at Yellowstone County Museum
1950 Terminal Cir, Billings, Montana
(406) 256-6811

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 to 5:30, the Yellowstone County Museum is a fun and educational outing the whole family can enjoy. Best of all admission and parking is free! Founded in 1953, the log cabin style museum houses over 23,000 artifacts. The collection contains objects from the prehistoric era to the post Indian Reservation era. The museum also has a large number of military artifacts from World War 1, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. The American Location Company #1031, the last steam locomotive used in Billings is also on display ever since it was donated by Union Pacific Railroad.

Hike Bighorn Canyon
Headquarters 5 Avenue B, P.O. Box 7458
Fort Smith Montana 59035
(406)-666-2412

Bighorn Canyon is a spectacular outdoor location that is enjoyed all year long by visitors that enjoy watching wildlife and taking hikes. Operated by the National Park Service, the fees are waived several days, weekends, and holidays throughout the year including Martin Luther King day, National Parks Week, Veterans day and various weekends. Over 200,000 visitors from all over the world enjoy the scenic location every year. Activities include camping, fishing, boating, horseback riding and picnicking. Automobile and Bicycle trails through the park are available for those that prefer wheels beneath them. The 1000 foot cliffs offer spectacular views of the canyon and the Bighorn River below.

Get your Old West on at the Western Heritage Museum
2822 Montana Avenue, Billings, Montana
(406)-256-6809 

The Western heritage Museum in Billings gives visitors a look at the history of the local area and Montana. New exhibits are showcased throughout the year such as local artist’s western paintings, Native American artifacts, and sculptures. The museums 1st floor gallery has been modeled after a dude ranch cabin of the 1830’s complete with log walls, stone fireplace, and western art on the walls. The museum admission is free and is home to renowned artist J.K. Ralston and much of his works.

Pioneer Park
Virginia Lane, Billings, Montana
Pioneer park is a popular attraction for the residents of Billings Montana.  Filled with lots of shade trees and jogging paths, it is a great way to spend the afternoon with your family.  Inside the park is a playground for the kids, a stream, and  picnic tables.  In the wintertime after a snow the hills in the park are used by people sledding.
Get a Birds Eye View From On Top of The Billings Rimrocks

The Rimrocks are a natural geological formation that surrounds much of Billings. The area is a public park and is free to enjoy. The scenic area is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike to marvel at the colorful cliffs and wildlife. Hiking trails enable visitors to get atop of the rocky hills and see the city of Billings with a panoramic view. Areas for picnics and families to gather are conveniently located in the park

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Billings, Montana, nature has provided some of the best places to experience and best of all they are free.

Resources:

National Parks Service: Bighorn Canyon National Park
City of Billings, Montana: Official Website
Google Maps: Billings, Montana
Lonely Planet: Billings, Montana
Photo Courtesy of Jason Pitcher

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *