An unexpected adventure hub
When most Montanans think of adventure hubs they usually think of places like Bozeman, Missoula, Whitefish, etc. But there's one city that always gets left out, Billings. Not only does Billings have great hiking and biking trails around the city, but it serves as the trailhead to endless adventures and diversity.
Let's start the adventure in the city itself.
North of Billings lies the icon sandstone "Rims" that border the city and offer miles of trails for hiking and biking, and anchors for rappelling.
Making up the south border of Billings is the mighty Yellowstone river. This calm section of the river is perfect for relaxing floating, fishing, paddling, or hiking in the numerous parks bordering the river. In this image is also Sacrifice Cliffs, which boasts some pretty amazing views from the top (see next page).
The view from the top of Sacrifice Cliffs
EAST TO THE BADLANDS
Heading east out of Billings will quickly yield the start of the "badlands" and eventually run into famous badlands such as Makoshika State Park or the Terry Badlands.
SOUTH TO THE CANYON
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is the third deepest canyon in the United States, and yet many Montanans don't even know about it. The endless exploration and solitude are just a few reasons this is one of my favorite places on Earth. From my desk in Billings to the canyon rim only takes a little over an hour!
WEST TO THE MOUNTAINS
An hour west of Billings you'll find yourself amongst Montana's tallest and most unique mountains. This is also home to the famous Beartooth Pass, which is also the most scenic entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Rimrock Lake, Beartooths
Keep not standing fixed and rooted. Briskly venture, Briskly roam.
Billings may be Montana's biggest city at 100,000 people, but it remains an untapped escape for adventurers looking to get away from the crowds. Pair that with the best brewery district in the state and Billings truly won me over.
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