From fearsome, jagged peaks to endless plains, southeast Montana is home to diverse landscapes and smiling faces.
The region boasts 10,000 years of recorded history, and you can visit sites like the Little Bighorn Battlefield and Pompeys Pillar, a sort of outdoors sandstone history book signed by notables such as William Clark.
Playing in epic landscapes is the reason many people come here. You’ll find unspoiled state parks like Medicine Rocks and Makoshika, along with tens of thousands of acres of national forest lands where you can hike a trail, pitch a tent, gaze at the stars, or pursue big game and fighting fish..
Like your history to be really old? Dinosaurs walked this land, and you’ll find fossils at places like the Frontier Gateway Museum and Carter County Museum. You’ll find Native American settlements spread across southeast Montana, each with a unique history and feel. Don’t miss out on a pow wow or tribal celebration when you’re here.
The spirit of the West lives on in Southeast Montana. See it in action at the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, a small-town rodeo, or in towns like Roundup, where cowboys still walk the streets.
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Stretch your legs at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, where more than 70,000 acres of trails, river, lake, and wildlife watching wait. Bighorn Canyon offers solitude on a grand scale and an opportunity for seclusion not found in most of the nation. Breathtaking scenery and world class trout fishing make this a great day-long or multi-day escape.
Whether you are taking an early-morning jog or hunting for the perfect picnic spot, Billings has a park for you. The city has 47 parks totaling nearly 1,200 acres, plus another 2,000 acres of undeveloped open space. Probably the most popular of the city’s parks is Riverfront Park, along South Billings Boulevard. Fronting Lake Josephine and stretching to the Yellowstone River, this park has an extensive trail system and plenty of shady spots for an afternoon nap.
Thousands of warriors and soldiers gathered at this spot on June 17, 1876 in a battle leading up to the Battle of Little Bighorn, with the Indians fighting hard to defend their lands. Today, the 3,000-acre Rosebud Battlefield State Park commemorates the conflict and includes prehistoric sites and a homestead ranch. Rosebud Creek bisects the land and there are interpretive sites to explore.