Four Dances Natural Area

Billings, Montana 59101

Four Dances Natural Area

Four Dances Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"Four Dances Natural Area is a 765-acre undeveloped park located on the east edge of Billings. It is named for the Crow Indian leader known as Four Dances. The natural area, commonly referred to as Sacrifice Cliff, was the site of a Crow Indian village. According to legend, when returning Indian warriors discovered their village was decimated by smallpox, they blindfolded their horses and rode them over the cliff to appease the gods and end the epidemic. The walkin park stretches from Coburn Road atop the east rims to the banks of the Yellowstone River, with two miles of shoreline. This hike explores prairie land, forested canyons, and riparian riverside habitat. Amazing vistas span for miles from the bluffs atop Sacrifice Cliff, towering 500 feet above the river."

Four Dances Natural Area Reviews

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The views are of Billings, and I would prefer something more "natural". Much of the trail system is gravely/rocky or hard pack dirt. We attempted to make it down the steep trail to the Yellowstone river, but was forced to turn back by high water levels, that generated riverlets too awkward to cross. And let's not mention the swarms of mosquitos.

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Trail Type
1 .5 hour
USGS: Billings East
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