You have to go out and find it.” One morning in June, we got up early to ride the High Line, a sprawling cross-country network in the rimrock, where we flushed cottontails and jackrabbits and narrowly missed a rattlesnake sunning on the trail.“The best part of the High Line is that you see almost nothing of the city,” Kosovich says.
Kosovich, a Billings native, is a bike mechanic at the Spoke Shop, a bike store operating in town since 1973.
He has helped secure agreements with landowners to build a trail network around Billings, which now includes more than 35 miles of singletrack on public and private land. “There’s so much to do, but Billings won’t come to you.
It’s remote, the winters are long and bitterly cold, and the soil is bad for farming and ranching.
It’s also very expensive: the average home price in 2015 was over $1 million.
The hills to the northwest are a playground for climbers, trail runners, and mountain bikers, and Yellowstone National Park is less than three hours away.
Better yet, it’s all substantially more affordable than already discovered Montana adventure hubs like Missoula and Bozeman—the median house price in Billings is still under 0,000.
“I moved out here 23 years ago for the winter and then never considered leaving.” Jackson’s attractions are legendary: it’s the gateway to two of the national park system’s crown jewels, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, and it offers some of the best skiing, hiking, mountaineering, wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, and whitewater you’ll find anywhere.
The Tetons rise 7,000 feet straight up from the valley floor, begging to be climbed, and the mountaineering history here is as long and rich as anywhere in North America.
If it’s loose, they’ll advise you to stuff the band with some newspaper. Taubert’s, purveyor of hats, cowboy boots, and Pendleton blankets, has been on North Broadway in downtown Billings since 1979.
Back then this shopping district was a cen-ter of commerce for ranchers who traveled from hundreds of miles away.
“Billings has matured a lot, like a teenager moving into his early twenties.