Swords Park Black Otter Trail to Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave and Boot Hill Cemetery

Billings, Montana 59112

Swords Park Black Otter Trail to Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave and Boot Hill Cemetery

Swords Park: Black Otter Trail to Yellowstone Kelly’s Grave and Boot Hill Cemetery Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Swords Park is a long, narrow undeveloped park perched atop the distinctive Rimrocks. The park is located north of downtown and adjacent to the airport. The Black Otter Trail, named for a Crow Indian chief buried atop the cliffs, snakes along the elevated sandstone skyline overlooking the Yellowstone Valley. Yellowstone Kelly’s grave sits on Kelly Mountain within the park. He was a scout, guide, explorer, and trapper who was instrumental in the exploration of the Yellowstone River in the 1 870s and 1 880s. Skeleton Cliff (also in Swords Park) is a tree-dotted knoll overlooking East Billings and Coulson Park. Across from Skeleton Cliff is a maze of dirt paths winding through the rolling hills above Airport Road and Alkali Creek Valley. Near the east end of the park is the historic Boot Hill Cemetery, dating back to the 1 880s. This hike follows the edge of the rims, climbs Kelly Mountain and Skeleton Cliff, then descends to Boot Hill Cemetery."

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Trail Information

Billings
Nearby City
6.5
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
3.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS: Billings West and Billings East
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Dec 2018