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Billings, Little Big Horn, and the Montana Plains Travel Guide

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Plan Your Billings, Little Big Horn, and the Montana Plains Vacation

Space, lots of space, is the hallmark of eastern Montana's gently rolling plains. If you're looking to escape stifling crowds and urban sprawl, you'll take well to the wide-open plains of Big Sky Country.

The state as a whole averages six people per square mi, but some of its prairies measure in reverse: one person per 6 square mi. Although largely devoid of

the epic snow-covered peaks of the towering Rockies, the eastern two-thirds of Montana have an expansive beauty that seems to stretch endlessly beyond the horizon, beckoning you to bask in the isolated serenity of one of the least-populated places in the country—in a land of almost too much sky.

Revel in wild grasslands, stark badlands, unhindered skylines, and spectacular sunsets, far from the rumble of jetliners, the roar of traffic, and the ringing of cell phones. A great triangle bounded by the Yellowstone River to the south, the Missouri River to the north, and U.S. 87 to the west, the region comprises nearly 10% of the state of Montana. Its residents, however, represent less than 1% of the state's total population, and the number is shrinking. This is a region with barely 1,000 people between the two largest towns (Jordan, with 364 residents, and Circle, with 644), where the livestock outnumbers the people 100 to 1. One winter the tumbleweeds clogged a highway so badly that the state had to send out snowplows to clear the way.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge Marvel at the eroded breaks, see elk bugling in the fall, and soak in the quiet beauty.
  2. Downtown Great Falls The solid Edwardian architecture and the quirky shops satisfy contemporary visitors.
  3. Billings Rimrocks Possibly the best spot in the West for Kodachrome sunsets.
  4. Fort Peck Reservoir Rent a boat and ride down this sprawling lake in June or July.
  5. Big Springs Trout Hatchery Tote a picnic to this oasis outside Lewistown.

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When to Go

Each season offers something different in Montana: summer brings warm, dry weather perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding; autumn yields thro...

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