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Chief Black Otter Trail

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Swords Rimrock Park

Chief Black Otter Trail is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Billings, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 6.2 miles Elevation Gain: 465 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

road biking

walking

running

paved

river

views

no shade

This trail can be started at either end, but please note that the trailhead marked here - the eastern trailhead - begins at Boot Hill Cemetery. There is parking at the trail head though you can also park at Applebees.

1 day ago

Good views close to town.

hiking
16 days ago

Great place for kids. If you get off the paved trail you feel like your miles away from the city.

23 days ago

Very nice paved walk. A very good distance as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Actually 2.8 miles one way. See FB page for much info, photos https://www.facebook.com/ChiefBlackOtterTrail/ Beautiful views of South Rims, Yellowstone Kelly Site, Skeleton Cliff, MetraPark, Sunrise, Sunset

hiking
8 months ago

Not too tough but great views of the refinery!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful! and the wind makes it so cool! Favorite walking place so far!

hiking
Fri Mar 08 2019

Great little in town walk. Good place to take visitors. City views are impressive.

Fri Jan 11 2019

My favorite run/walk/hike in Billings. I start at Swords Park, circle Skeleton Cliff, go down to Boothill Cemetery, then hike the same route back up. It’s approx. 4 miles round trip. Nice views of Billings. Paved most of the way.

Sat Nov 03 2018

Fun walk with great views. did it on a rainy day so we could stay on pavement.

Fri Aug 31 2018

Great trail. We rode mountain bikes from Zimmerman to Boot Hill today. After getting to this trail, we stayed south of the paved trail... it was more difficult and fun. This trail is great. Novices can stay on pavement and the crazy riders can drop down next to the trims and have a challenging run.

mountain biking
Fri Aug 31 2018

A great little trail overlooking Billings. Started by the cemetery, worth checking out for sure. Spend a few minutes overlooking Skeleton Cliff and take it in. Creepy but cool. Only made it about halfway before I had to head back. Would definitely do again.

walking
Tue Jun 19 2018

Nice paved trail with great view of Billings. Lots of flowers in bloom after the rains. Good distance for a walk, otherwise not much of a workout. I think I would rather bike it than walk it, though I didn't see a single cyclist during my visit.

Fri Oct 13 2017

Very scenic and nice!!

walking
Sat May 20 2017

Nice trail in the spring! Gorgeous views of Billings and a nice sunset watching spot. You gain elevation the first 3/4 mile, but not a rough hike at all.

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