All Day Tours
Pre-registration required. $55 registrants / $65 guests
T1: MUSEUMS, ART, AND NATURE TOUR
Bus loads at 7:30. Departs hotel at 7:45. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:15.
Limited to 25 people.
Enjoy a one hour and 30-minute drive to the Tippet Rise Art Center, set amid the rolling foothills of the spectacular Beartooth-Absaroka Mountains, in Fishtail, Montana. The Tippet Rise Art Center features classical music and large-scale contemporary sculptures fixed among a 10,000-acre working ranch. Selected as “Best Museum of the Year, North America” by Leading Cultural Destinations Awards in 2017, Tippet Rise links nature, architecture, art, and music in a dramatic landscape.
After a scenic drive and lunch in the Grizzly Bar in Roscoe, the tour will continue to Columbus and the Museum of the Beartooths (MOB), which explores local history at the confluence of the Stillwater and Yellowstone Rivers. Guide Penny Redli will provide Crow Indian history, featuring the second Crow Agency, on the drive to Columbus.
Leaving the MOB, the tour will head back to Billings and the Montana Audubon Center. Located within walking distance of the Yellowstone River, the Montana Audubon Center is a conservation education facility, working in partnership with the regional Yellowstone River Parks Association, providing a variety of programs and outdoor educational experiences.
Guides: Carolyn Sevier, Director, Montana Audubon Center & Penny Pedli, Director, Museum of the Beartooths.
PHOTO: Rowene Weems
T2: POMPEYS PILLAR (LEWIS & CLARK NATIONAL MONUMENT) AND LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
Bus loads at 8:00. Bus departs hotel at 8:15. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:45
Limited to 54 people.
A full day tour of two of Montana’s most significant historic sites. The tour begins with a 30 minute drive to Pompeys Pillar National Monument where, on July 25, 1806, William Clark of the Lewis & Clark expedition left the only known on-site evidence of the Corps of Discovery’s search for the Northwest Passage—his signature—carved in stone. Captain Clark named the Pillar “Pompy’s Tower” in honor of Sacagawea’s son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, whom he had nicknamed “Pomp.” Spend the morning exploring this famous site along the Yellowstone River and enjoy the exhibits at the Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center, a 5,700-square foot museum interpreting Clark’s return down the Yellowstone in 1806.
The tour then heads to Hardin and the Big Horn County Museum for a picnic lunch. After lunch, the tour moves to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, the site where George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry were defeated by a combined force of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho. The area memorializes the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry and also the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho in one of their last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. The national monument has an interpretive center, driving tour, national cemetery and memorial.
Guide: Shane Doyle, Ed.D. is a Crow tribal member with an extensive background in education, history, and cultural programming and projects. Dr. Doyle is a lead actor and consultant for the History Channel’s “Lost Treasures of the Little Bighorn Battle, set to premiere this summer.
Sponsored by James R. and Christine M. Scott
T3: BILLINGS MUSEUM TRIPPER
Bus loads at 8:00. Bus departs hotel at 8:15. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:00
Limited to 32 people.
Come see what Billings has to offer! The morning will allow us to stretch our legs and be outdoors as we visit the historic Billings Railroad Depot and the outdoor history exhibit, Pictograph Cave State Park, and the Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly Interpretive Site. Pictograph Cave State Park, just 15-minutes from downtown Billings, is a National Historic Landmark dedicated to interpreting and preserving pictographs and artifacts found in three sandstone caves. At the Yellowstone Kelly site, you’ll visit his grave and view interpretive panels to learn the story of the famous fur trader, scout, and war veteran.
A picnic lunch on the observation deck of the nearby Yellowstone County Museum, will give you a great view of Billings and the Yellowstone River Valley, and allow you to explore one of the region’s best collections relating to life in the Yellowstone River Valley. The tour moves on to the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum. The palatial mansion, designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (New York’s Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotel), offers unrivaled craftsmanship, exquisite décor, and revitalized programming.
The final stop will be Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, the newest museum to grace the Billings’ landscape. The educational center provides a playful learning environment for children and families. At each stop, staff will introduce their facilities.
Guide: Matthew Fesmire, Director, Yellowstone County Museum
T4: HISTORIC RED LODGE & THE BEARTOOTH PASS
Bus loads at 7:45. Bus departs hotel at 8:00. Returning to Conference hotel at 4:45.
Limited to 32 people.
This full day trip takes you to the historic mining town of Red Lodge, at the base of the Beartooth-Absaroka Mountains, and to the top of Beartooth Highway, above the tree-line at over 9,000 feet.
Enjoy an early morning drive on beautiful highway 212 to Red Lodge. At Red Lodge you’ll have plenty of time to roam the historic downtown and visit the Red Lodge Clay Center, Carbon County Arts Guild, and Carbon County Historical Society and museum. We’ll enjoy a catered Italian buffet by Robert Carrington, chef and co-owner of the Red Lodge’s Pom Italian, hosted by The Carbon County Historical Society. After lunch, experience an exhilarating drive up the Beartooth Pass “the most beautiful drive in America,” stopping at the Observation Point with an elevation of 9,190’ ASL. This scenic mountain road, which leads to the northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park, often closes by early October. Look for Yellowbellied Marmots, Pika, and Mountain Goats on the Pass - also bring a jacket!
The return to Billings will feature a stop by the Gallery of Charles Ringer, famous for his kinetic and structural sculpture, to meet Charles and view some of his work.
Guide: Sarah TV Russell, Director, Carbon County Historical Society.
Half Day Tour in the Afternoon
T5: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BILLINGS WALKING TOUR AND A BEER
Shuttle loads at 2:30. Departs hotel at 2:45. Returning to Conference hotel at 5:00.
Pre-registration required. No fee. Limited to 20 people.
The tour starts at 3PM at the historic Parmly Billings Library, now home to the Western Heritage Center, in downtown Billings. In 1882, the Northern Pacific Railway created Billings. Spend an hour walking the streets with Kevin Kooistra, director of the Western Heritage Center, to learn why the railroad placed its tracks through the middle of downtown and how this continues to shape our history today. We finish by sampling some of Montana’s best micro-brews at Angry Hanks—an old-time service station turned brewpub. They serve eight delicious ales on tap including Anger Management Belgian-style Wheat & Street Fight Imperial Red.