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The two RV Gypsies on a scenic drive along the Rimrock Bluffs
and stopped at Scenic Park
in Billings, Montana
May 23, 2016

A view of Rimrock Bluffs from the highway below:

view of Rimrock Bluffs from the highway below
directional sign  for the Scenic Drive Swords Park and Airport Road intersection

Once this area looked like the modern coast of south Texas - except that dinosaurs roamed the countryside instead of cattle. The Yellowstone River began cutting into the rims about one-million years ago as the river migrated back and forth across the valley. The process continues today with the river cutting into the South Hills.

Black Otter Trail was constructed in 1936 by 150 men employed by the Works Progress Administration. The 2.5 mile scenic road was promoted by the Billings Commercial Club and included interpretive signs and observation points.

Imagine this area was once the edge of a shallow sea where sharks and swimming carnivorous reptiles patrolled the waters.

sign for Swords Rimrock Park shore of an ancient sea

Below: Lee Duquette at the top of the bluffs, getting an excellent view of the city from Black Otter Trail. Visitors can bike, walk, or drive approximately three miles around historic Kelly Mountain along the sandstone bluffs known as Rimrocks. Black Otter Trail was an original wagon trail and is steeped in Native folklore.

Lee Duquette scenic view
Karen Duquette at the top of Rimrock Bluffs
Black Otter Trail and Rimrock Bluffs
view of the outskirts of Billings, Montana Lee Duquette enjoying the scenic trail
the highway below Rimrock Bluffs clouds in the sky

Occasionally, the two RV Gypsies came upon a lone patch of flowers growing out of the rocks.

flowers flowers

From here, the two RV Gypsies continued on to see Yellowstone Kelly's Grave and more while still basically in the area known as the Rimrocks. Use the sub-menu below for more places in this area.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Montana
(sites 17-20 on the 2016 USA map)
May 22-31, 2016

You may visit these sites in any order you choose.
There is also a link to Alberta, Canada below.

green bullet travel photos and Billings Village RV Park - (site 17)

green bullet Billings Welcome Center

green bullet Chief Plenty Coups State Park

green bullet Famous Dave's Restaurant

green bullet Pictograph Cave State Park - two pages

green bullet Pompeys Pillar - two pages

green bullet Riverfront Park

green bullet Swords Rimrock Park - Scenic Park (this page)

green bullet Yellowstone Kelly

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green bullet Conestoga Campground in White Sulphur Springs (site 18)

green bullet Natural Mineral Hot Springs in White Sulphur Springs

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green bullet RV driving day and snow lingering alongside the road - (site 19)

green bullet Fort Benton, Montana- the birthplace of Montana

green bullet Veteran's Memorial Park

green bullet Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Nat'l Monument

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Places in Great Falls Montana - (site # 20)

green bullet Great Falls, MT: paintings, bridges, statues, Pasta Montana

green bullet The Historical Depot Building

green bullet The Montana Veteran's Memorial

green bullet Lewis & Clark National Historic Interpretive Center - 2 pages

green bullet Giant Springs State Park, springs, waterfall, long andshort rivers

green bullet Rainbow, Crooked, & Black Eagle Falls & Sacagawea Overlook

green bullet Gibson Park: statues and a Flower Garden

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continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies AFTER you have seen all of the above sections, please continue on to Alberta, Canada in June, 2016