This is one of my favorite places to go hiking and photographing in the Billings area simply for its variety of scenic quality. Four Dances is located on a plateau near Pictograph State Park approximately two miles east of downtown Billings, Montana. The plateau edges with cliffs that drop 200-500 feet to the Yellowstone River. The area is comprised of 765 acres of undeveloped open space, native to sagebrush/grassland, ponderosa pine, and Yellowstone River cottonwood. It’s also a protected area that has played an important role in the recovery of the endangered peregrine falcons that nest in the cliffs here from April through August.
On this January outing, I saw no falcons of course, but had a fun time hiking through the fresh snow and enjoying the relative solitude overlooking the city.