Pre-Bex Tours Sept 10th

  WING OVER THE PRAIRIES TO HIKE & HUNT FOSSILS

Photo credit: Kristi Powell, courtesy of Glendive CVB

Number of Participants: 8
Date & Time: September 10th, 7:00am-5:00pm
September 11th, 7:00am-5:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location, and transfer to a Chartered flight provided by Cape Air.
Note: All-day excursion, we recommend close-toed, sturdy footwear for walking/hiking, sunscreen & sunglasses, and dressing in layers for the weather. A morning snack and lunch are provided.

Description: Southeast Montana is known for its wide-open spaces. During this tour, you’ll see the prairies, buttes and badlands from 6-7,000 feet above as you fly along the Yellowstone River Valley via a chartered Cape Air flight to/from Glendive, Montana. Your day will include a hike across a natural bridge and a paleo experience in Makoshika (Ma-ko’-shik-ka) State Park. The word means “bad earth” in Lakota, and the area is known for badland formations and fossil remains, including Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Prior to boarding for the return flight, tour a retired Lockheed Neptune P2V-5F fire bomber.

http://stateparks.mt.gov/makoshika/

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WALKING HISTORICAL TOUR OF BILLINGS

Number of Participants: 10
Date & Time: September 10th, 8:45am-2:00pm
September 11th, 8:45am-2:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Partial-day excursion, we recommend dressing in layers and wearing comfortable footwear for walking.  Lunch is provided.

Description: Engage in a historical tour of epic proportions.  Billings has a rich western history – from Native Americans to the railroad, and everything in between.  Start your journey with a trip to the Western Heritage Center, built in 1901, which displays private collections of western artifacts, Native American collections, and regional western art. Next stop – the Historic Billings Depot built in 1909 in the Beaux Arts Eclectic Style, designed by the Northern Pacific Railroads chief engineer. Leave the railroad and meet Yellowstone Kelly – an authentic adventurer, scholar, author, veteran, hunter, and trader of the Wild West.  His travels brought him to Montana often, where at his own request he was buried atop the rimrocks in what is now an interpretive site.  Next, at the Yellowstone County Museum you will explore the many splendors of Montana history nestled inside the museum’s McCormick Cabin – ranging from rare firearms, pioneer wagons, tribal beadwork, and one of a few exhibits on Native Ghost Dancing. Last on the tour is the Moss Mansion built in 1903, giving a glimpse into the turn-of-the-century life of the Moss Family, with original draperies, furniture, fixtures, Persian carpets and artifacts.

http://www.ywhc.org/

http://www.billingsdepot.org/

http://yellowstonekelly.org/

http://www.ycmhistory.org/

http://www.mossmansion.com/

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THE ICONIC BEARTOOTH SCENIC HIGHWAY

Number of Participants: 26
Date & Time: September 10th, 8:00am-5:00pm
September 11th, 8:00am-5:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center
Getting there: Transportation provided via Shuttle Bus
Note: All-day excursion, we recommend wearing layered clothing and comfortable footwear for walking.  Lunch will be provided.

Description: Experience the wild and untamed Montana wilderness with a trip up the Beartooth Pass.  Heralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road, features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife.  The other half of the day will be spent exploring the historic downtown of the quaint ski-town of Red Lodge, Montana.  Red Lodge is nestled at the foot of the Beartooth Mountains and is a gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It is home to many unique local shops, including fine art and antiques, as well as restaurants for foodies and those that enjoy a local brew.

http://beartoothhighway.com/wild-beartooth/

https://www.redlodge.com/

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RAPPEL, BIKE & BREWS

Number of Participants: 12
Date & Time: September 10th, 10:00am-5:00pm
September 11th, 10:00am-5:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: 3/4-day excursion, wear warm layers and good walking shoes. Bring a raincoat, warm hat & gloves, a water bottle, a camera, and a small backpack.  Lunch will be provided.

Description: Destination Rimrocks, also known as the “Rims”! You will learn how to rappel off the sandstone cliffs that serve as the northern border of downtown Billings.  After you’ve had your fill of rappelling (you can try it more than once), you will hop on comfortable hybrid bicycles for a mostly flat/downhill ride from the top of the Rims to Billings’ happening downtown. Upon reaching your final destination, the bikes will be parked and you will explore Billings’ walkable brewery district – where you will enjoy a local craft beer or two to finish off a great day!

https://www.austinadventures.com/

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PADDLEBOARD, PICNIC & WINETASTING

Number of Participants: 12
Date & Time: September 10th, 9:30am-4:00pm
September 11th, 9:30am-4:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: 3/4-day excursion – In the morning, wear clothing you don’t mind getting wet, as well as water sandals with heel straps. Bring sunglasses with strap, a sun hat, sunscreen, a water bottle, and warm layers in case of a cool day. For the afternoon, bring a pack towel and a change of dry clothes and shoes. Lunch will be provided.

Description: Go on an adventure down the iconic Yellowstone River! Relax on a scenic paddleboard tour along a calm section of the river, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, osprey and deer in the surrounding trees and hills. You will then enjoy a beachside picnic lunch at the takeout point. After traveling back to Billings (1 hour), sit down to a fun afternoon of wine tasting at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, voted “2019’s Best Winery in Montana” by House Beautiful and Yelp.

https://www.austinadventures.com/

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OLD WEST HISTORY LOOP

Number of Participants: 30
Date & Time: September 10th, 8:30am-5:00pm
September 11th, 8:30am-5:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: All-day excursion, we recommend dressing in layers and wearing comfortable footwear for walking.  Lunch will be provided.

Description: History buff? Southeastern Montana is rich with Native American and early West history.  Visit Pompey’s Pillar National Monument and Interpretive Center and see first-hand evidence of Lewis & Clark’s expedition west and their exploration of the Yellowstone River.  Next, enjoy lunch at the Big Horn County Museum and explore this 35 acre farm with original farmhouse and barn.  You will see 24 authentic historic structures from throughout the county that have been saved and moved onsite, each with unique exhibits that represent that era.  Lastly, experience the Little Bighorn Battlefield and delve into the photos, artifacts, insightful stories and lives of the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, Arapaho tribes, and the battling men of the 7thRegiment of the U.S. Cavalry and the battle that ensued.

https://www.visitmt.com/listings/general/national-monument/pompeys-pillar-national-monument.html

https://www.bighorncountymuseum.org/

https://www.nps.gov/libi/index.htm

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JEEP JOURNEY TO SCENIC BEARTOOTH MOUNTAINS

Number of Participants: 6
Date & Time: September 10th, 8:00am-1:00pm
September 11th, 8:00am-1:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Partial-day excursion, dress in layers and wear comfortable supportive shoes. Lunch, snacks and water will be provided.

Description: This journey will take you through the town of Red Lodge to the Alpine Ski Area, which is the oldest summer ski racing program in the USA. The highway traverses an impressive range of ecosystems – from lush lodge pole pine forests to alpine tundra, Since the completion of the highway in 1936 it has awed visitors with it’s astonishing views of the most rugged and wild areas in the lower 48 states. In historic Red Lodge some of the characters associated with Red Lodge area include Crow Chief Plenty Coups, Buffalo Bill Cody, Liver Eatn’ Johnston, Calamity Jane, Sundance Kid, Kid Curry and others of the “Bunch” rode into Red Lodge with the intention of making a unauthorized withdrawal.  Many photo stops.

http://mtfunadventures.com/

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HIKE TO LAKE SIOUX CHARLEY

Number of Participants: 12
Date & Time: September 10th, 8:00am-5:30pm
September 11th, 8:00am-5:30pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: All-day excursion, wear warm layers and good walking shoes. Bring a raincoat, warm hat & gloves, a water bottle, a camera, and a small backpack.  Lunch will be provided.

Description: On this excursion, you will be transported 1.5 hours to the trailhead located in the breathtaking Beartooth Mountains. This 6 mile roundtrip hike includes 930 feet of elevation gain, and you will enjoy a slow, “take in your surroundings” pace. The first mile will have you hiking alongside the pounding waterfalls and rapids of the Stillwater River, after which you will eventually meander away from through a quiet and still pine forest. Around 3 miles in, you will arrive at beautiful Lake Sioux Charley, where you will enjoy a trailside lunch with incredible mountain views. After packing up, you will hike out the way you came, and transfer the 1.5 hours back to Billings for drop-off at your hotel.

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GET HOOKED ON SOUTHEAST MONTANA

Number of Participants: 4
Date & Time: September 10th, 7:00am-5:00pm
September 11th, 7:00am-5:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: All-day excursion, we recommend layered clothing and comfortable footwear that may get wet. Must have a Montana fishing license or bring valid ID to procure. Recommended for those with some fly-fishing experience. Lunch will be provided.

Description: Montana is known for its pristine waters and amazing trout fishing. The Bighorn River, a tailwater stream below the Yellowtail Dam in Southeast Montana, tops that list for anglers world-wide. You’ll float with an experienced guide and try your hand on hungry browns and rainbows while matching the hatch and searching for a seam. Back at Bighorn River Lodge, you can continue the addiction by wade-fishing, touring the facility or opting for a brief skeet shooting challenge.

http://www.bighornriverlodge.com/

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DOWNTOWN BILLINGS ARTS & CULTURE

Number of Participants: 12
Date & Time: September 10th, 9:00am-4:00pm
September 11th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: 3/4-day excursion, we recommend comfortable footwear for walking.  The price of lunch is not included. ADA accessible.

Description: Downtown Billings is one of the most vibrant hubs for art and culture in the state. With dozens of art galleries and artist studios, innovative cuisine, and year round events that draw thousands from all over the region, there is always something new to experience in the heart of Billings. On your excursion you will tour the contemporary western art scene, meet with the artists, and experience the sites, flavors, and sounds that shape the city’s entirely unique identity.

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CONQUER BILLINGS BREW TRAIL

Number of Participants: 14
Date & Time: September 10th, 12:00pm-4:30pm
September 11th, 12:00pm-4:30pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: Half-day excursion, we recommend comfortable footwear for walking.  No host lunch. ADA accessible.

Description: Forge your own path through the frontier on Montana’s only Walkable Brewery District, 1.5-miles of local brews, cider and tasting rooms.  Choose from a wide variety of award winning crafts and feel like one of the locals as you stroll through the trendy and happening downtown.  Stop by a local shop or historical locale, both of which are in ample supply in Billings’ brewery core.

http://www.visitbillings.com/brew-tour.php

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BIRDING & CANOEING ALONG THE YELLOWSTONE RIVER

Number of Participants: 20
Date & Time: September 10th, 8:30am-3:30pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: 3/4-day excursion.  Bring a water bottle and dress in warm layers in case of a cool day as well as wearing comfortable shoes for walking. Lunch will be provided.

Description: Enjoy the 54-acre restored habitat along the Yellowstone River Corridor filled with Montana’s native birds, wildlife and ecosystem that the Montana Audubon has preserved.  The Montana Audubon provides place-based conservation education programs at the Norm Schoenthal Field Lab, serving a critical role in connecting individuals to the natural world. You will see Chokecherry, currant, buffalo berry, and snowberry bushes that attract many different bird varieties, such as red-winged blackbirds and mourning doves.  Jump in a canoe and find great blue herons, kingfishers, muskrat, frogs, turtles, beavers, and much more.

http://mtaudubon.org/center/

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BIGHORN CANYON BY WATER

Number of Participants: 11
Date & Time: September 10th, 7:30am-5:00pm
September 11th, 7:30am-5:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: All-day excursion, we recommend comfortable footwear & clothing that can get wet or bring a change of clothing. A brief swim is an option for those who choose. Lunch is included.

Description: Straddling the Montana-Wyoming border, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area (BCNRA) encompasses 120,000 acres including a 71-mile-long lake. Towering canyon walls stretch 1,000 feet above Bighorn Lake, creating an amazing contrast in scale. You will start your experience with a closer look at Yellowtail Dam, which stands 525 feet high and creates the lake. Then you’ll board a pontoon boat at Ok-a-Beh Marina and cruise to Black Canyon (yes, there are canyons within canyons, it is that big) for a picnic lunch, a National Park Service ranger talk and optional water tour via two-person kayaks.

https://www.nps.gov/bica/index.htm

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AMERICAN INDIAN HISTORY & CULTURE

Number of Participants: 10
Date & Time: September 10th, 9:30am-3:00pm
September 11th, 9:30am-3:00pm
Meeting Location: Foyer of Billings Hotel & Convention Center. Transportation for the tour will pick up and drop off at this location.
Note: 3/4-day excursion, we recommend dressing in layers and wearing comfortable footwear for walking. No host lunch.

Description: Travel back in time on a Native American adventure.  Experience the natural beauty of Yellowstone Valley’s rimrocks, ponderosa pines, wildflowers, and wildlife. Learn about local Native American history as you explore Pictograph Cave State Park, where you will see over 100 pictographs on the cave walls, and roughly 30,000 artifacts left behind by Prehistoric hunters.  The oldest rock art in the cave is over 2,000 years old.  Next, you will be immersed in the history and vision of Chief Plenty Coup – the last traditional Chief of the Crow Nation – by visiting Chief Plenty Coups State Park.  This visionary Crow Chief led his people from the “Buffalo Days” into the 20th century.

http://stateparks.mt.gov/chief-plenty-coups/

http://stateparks.mt.gov/pictograph-cave/

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