Finding Your Way Around Billings, Montana
Billings is Montana’s largest city.
To see its tour of attractions, take the Billings Historic Site Tour, a
self-guided tour described on
page 4 of this issue.
Logan International Airport atop the rimrocks makes Billings an accessible
gateway to the world.
Across from the airport is a log cabin that sits above the huge Peter Yegen Jr.
Museum. Below the cabin, built into the sandstone rimrocks, is a collection that
settling of the 84-mile-long county.
Billings is the comfort zone of the West. In the Yellowstone Valley below, the
city bustles with
shopping, industry, art galleries, 200 restaurants, Cincinnati Reds farm club
baseball, Bulls hockey,
first-class live theater and entertainment, 4,000 hotel/motel rooms, horse, car
and motorcycle racing,
new movie theaters, performing arts theaters, museums and historic attractions.
Multitudes of parks
and river accesses offer outdoor fun.
Finding Your Way
Geographically, Billings is divided into the West End, Downtown and Historic
District, The Heights,
The West End
Access the West End from the Zoo Drive I-90 Exit 443 or the City Center Exit
446. ZooMontana is
just off Exit 443. See its acres of habitat filled with exceptional animal
species. It opens at 10 a.m.
daily. Shiloh Road, which intersects Zoo Drive, will lead you to the major West
End arterials of King
Avenue, Central, Broadwater, Grand, and Rimrock Road.
From Shiloh, Rimrock Road leads you to Zimmerman Trail and up to the top of the
right (east) on Highway 3 to reach the airport.
Exits 443 and 446 lead you to West End hotels, and a wide variety of shopping
Take I-90 Exit 447 to reach the Bureau of Land Management State Office, and the
businesses surrounding it. Exit 447 is also the access to Riverfront Park and
the Audubon Center on
South Billings Blvd. It offers a small lake with non-motorized boating,
picnicking, fishing, equestrian
trails (horses not provided) and hiking. The park covers several acres and
offers a perfect place to get
some exercise. There is plenty of shade. No admission is charged.
If you are coming from the west, Downtown is most easily accessed at Exit 450.
North 27th Street is
the spine of Downtown, leading straight to the airport. First, Third, and Sixth
Avenues North are
downtown one-way arterials running West. (First Avenue becomes a two-way at
North 18th Street.)
Montana Avenue, Second and Fourth Avenues North are downtown one-way arterials
If you are coming from the east, Downtown and the Heights can be accessed from
Exit 452. Take
First Avenue to go Downtown.
The restored train depot on Montana Avenue in the Historic District, where
passengers boarded in
days gone by, is now a great place to tour and take pictures. It is a neighbor
to a great selection of
restaurants, shops and art.
Billings Historic District buildings and businesses have been renovated and
refurbished back to the
bustling atmosphere of the days when the Magic City sprang from the fertile
banks of the
Yellowstone River. Enjoy the modern-day cobblestones, ironwork any blacksmith
would be proud of,
flowers and trees.
The heart of Downtown Billings is at Second Avenue North and Broadway (North
Skypoint points to the Big Sky of Montana and offers you shade and shelter. You’ll find helpful
maps and merchant lists in kiosks around town.
If you are coming from the east along I-94, we recommend that you take Exit 23
at Pompeys Pillar
(28 miles east of Billings). Visit the National Monument that bears Captain
William Clark’s carved
signature. Then proceed along Highway 312. Stop in Worden and Huntley to
businesses and friendly people.
Visit the Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture. Plow right into
agriculture in this park setting.
Follow 312 into Billings Heights. The Heights is a geographical benchland that
rises above the
Yellowstone River Valley. At Pemberton Lane, turn right and check out the
wildlife displays at the
Fish, Wildlife and Parks center overlooking Lake Elmo. Return to Main Street for
a wide variety of
food and shopping.
Main Street in the Heights will lead you to MetraPark, the home of MontanaFair,
shows, ag shows, hockey, trade shows, horse racing, motorsports and rodeos. Pose
for a picture in
front of the statue of world famous Saddle Bronc Champion Dan Mortensen. It is
right in front of the
MetraPark arena. You can drive right up to it.
Access Lockwood at Exit 452 or 455. We recommend that you check out a true
by stopping at Billings Livestock Yards (on the Frontage Road next to I-90) to
see a cattle or horse
sale. Cattle sales are every Thursday, and horse sales are the fourth weekend of
Take Coburn Road to Pictograph Cave State Park to learn about people who drew
their history as
long as 7,000 years ago.