The BLM acquired the Four Dances Natural Area in 1999. Through the cooperative efforts of the landowners, the Yellowstone River Parks Association, and the BLM, 765 acres of undeveloped open space were preserved in Billings and became public land. The property is native sagebrush/grassland, ponderosa pine in the rocky outcrop areas near the river cliffs, and Yellowstone River cottonwood riparian.
Four Dances is designated a Special Recreation Management Area and Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). BLM's objectives for the site are the protection of open space and natural and cultural resources, while providing dispersed public recreation in Billings.
Location/Access: This area is on a plateau located two miles east of downtown Billings and is bordered on the east side by Coburn Road. This plateau is edged with cliffs that drop 200-500 feet to the river. The west boundary is the Yellowstone River.
Activities: Wildlife watching, hiking, nature photography, and environmental education. This area is nonmotorized day use only. For the protection of ACEC values and public safety, the area is closed to horseback riding, use of fireworks, hang gliding, rock climbing, paint ball activities, the discharging of firearms, and exercising pets off leash.
Season/Hours: Open year-round, day use only.
Billings Field Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, MT 59101