A Wintery Day at Four Dances Natural Area

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.


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