Big Sky Meets Big Adventure

Photo by Nathan Satran

Southeast Montana has a story to tell. It’s a story shaped by landscapes and legends, dreamers and dinosaurs, roamers and rivers. It’s a story of big adventures under even bigger skies, and it’s a story you’ll not want to miss.

Arts and culture, local allure and Old West charm make up the heart and soul of the region’s lively small towns, and recreation—from hiking and biking to bird-watching and agate hunting—offers a transcendent outdoor experience.

Walk where dinosaurs roamed at Makoshika State Park, and try archery, book a paleo adventure, take a scenic drive or hike, and even sleep in a teepee. At Medicine Rocks State Park, stroll among the mesmerizing swiss-cheese-like sandstone spires and witness 15,000 centuries-old petroglyphs. Venture into thousands of acres of fascinating rock formations at Terry Badlands, or discover the solitude and beauty of Bighorn Canyon with boating, camping and wildlife watching among history and geological wonder.

No trip to Montana is complete without casting a line in a world-class trout stream. Fly-fish the Bighorn River or the famous waters of the Yellowstone. Also home to the prehistoric paddlefish, the Yellowstone River offers a rare and unique angling adventure. Between late May and June is your chance to catch the senior citizen of these legendary waters.

A member of the Montana Dinosaur Trail, the Frontier Gateway Museum provides a walk back in time and the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum offers 20,000 square feet of dinosaur and fossil exhibits to explore. The Range Riders Museum gives an unconventional glimpse into the past with a rare assortment of artifacts. At the WaterWorks Art Museum, view fine art on display inside a 1910 cement bunker.

After a day of exploration and outdoor fun, make your way to the shops and restaurants in one of Southeast Montana’s charming downtowns. Discover “Montana’s Trailhead” and largest city—Billings—and several of the state’s smallest communities, too. Grab a coffee on a local main street and rub elbows with the friendly folks who call this place home, pull up a barstool at a neighborhood taproom for an authentic Montana beer, or top off your adventure at The Montana Bar—one of Big Sky Country’s best-preserved historic saloons. There’s no telling how many cowboys and cowgirls have sidled up to the bar at this Miles City landmark.

Adventure comes with the territory in Southeast Montana. Experience the unexpected for yourself. Plan your trip by visiting outheremt.com.