For many, Billings, Montana is one of the best outdoorsy destinations in the West. With so many trails to explore and mountains to climb, you might not know where to start. To make things easy for you, here are 3 State Parks that you should definitely visit in Billings if you will be at one of the many Montana hotels and are looking for an outdoorsy adventure.
Lake Elmo State Park is a great location if you enjoy water activities. Boasting a 64-acre reservoir, the State Park is a popular destination for boardsailing, swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating such as kayaking. But not only is this a great place for water sports, the park also offers a relaxing 1.4 mile nature trail that you can enjoy as well. For more information, you can call 406.247.2940 or visit www.stateparks.mt.gov/lake-elmo
Looking for a bit of history to round out your outdoor activities? If so, the Pictograph Cave State Park is just the place for you to be. Come and look at pictographs that are more than 2,100 years old and enjoy the depictions of animals, warriors and more. There are even approximately 30,000 artifacts on site that range from weapons, stone tools, painting instruments and many more. Go back in time with a visit to the Pictograph Cave State Park. Visit www.stateparks.mt.gov/pictograph-cave for more information.
Perhaps one of the most famous State parks in the country, Yellowstone National Park became America’s first national park in 1872. At this park, you will be able to see a wide range of wildlife including elk, wolves, grizzly bears and bison. In addition, some of the world’s most exquisite geysers and hot springs are located here including Old Faithful. A trip to Montana wouldn’t be complete without a stop at Yellowstone National Park. Visit www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm to find out more.