ALERT - South Trail closed for construction. Updated directions available now. There is NO STARTBOX at the start location.

The Jim Dutcher Trail offers 6.5 miles of paved pathway along the Yellowstone River. We have been informed the south trail is closed for two years. New 10K directions available for download.

Event multi-page print
Event Flyer, single sheet. Print landscape, double sided, short side flip.

Print landscape, double sided, short side flip.

Share link: https://my.ava.org/event-view.php?sn=120101

Click to copy link to system's cut & paste clipboard

Jim Dutcher Trail

Year Round Walk

SN: 120101 - 2022 / Y2939

1 / 4
Billings Rails-To-Trails
2 / 4
Jim Dutcher Trail
3 / 4
Along the Yellowstone River
4 / 4
It is a Multiuse Trail
« »
when is the event

From Sat, Jan 1st, 2022 to Dec 31st, 2022

Start box available: Dawn to Dusk

where is the event

Billings, Montana

The address/location to the Physical Start Box (PSB) for mapping services such as Google or Siri is as follows:

Billings MetraPark Upper parking lot

WARNING: The map pin is for reference only and may not accurately indicate the start box location or the event start.

reasons to do the event

Special programs

Little Free Libraries


CC: Yellowstone County


Special programs that are applicable to all events or all walks are not shown to reduce clutter.

Event comments

AVA ITIM strips html out of this entry, then limits the length of information that can be here. If room I will put links but you have to copy and paste into your browser. The City of Billings, Montana, "Magic City", (https://ci.billings.mt.us/) is the county seat of Yellowstone County. Billings is the state's largest city with an estimated population of 164,731 (2020) and is a major retail and wholesale trade, financial, energy, transportation and medical center. According to the Montana Almanac, by authors Andrea Merrill and Judy Jacobson, the county was established in 1883. The Yellowstone River, the authors say, was called by early French trappers, Roche Jaune for "yellow rock." Pompeys Pillar, an area landmark, was originally called Pompy's Tower by Captain William Clark. The authors add he named it after Sacajawea's son Baptiste, whom he called "Little Pomp." Billings was named for lawyer, philanthropist and former Northern Pacific Railroad President Frederick Billings. Billings is also called the "City Beneath the Rimrocks". The Rimrocks, also known as the "Rims", are a 300 to 800 foot sandstone formation upon which one of our events takes place. The Jim Dutcher Trail offers 6.5 miles of paved pathway along the Yellowstone River through eastern Billings up to the northeastern neighborhoods of Billings Heights. Along the way, the trail is dotted with community parks. There is NO STARTBOX at the start location. For contactless online registration go to our Online Event Registration System with a valid email address. For alternate registration send an email to register@AZStrollers.org to request registration (please include your phone number), or text your request with your valid email address to 719-640-6744. Note this is NOT osb. WWOERS

conditions for the event

Rating: 2A, Distance: 6, 10km

Restrooms: No

Pets: Yes

Strollers: Easy

Wheelchairs: Medium

Event information

Event Elevation: 3,126 feet. No restrooms here, but vault toilets available in Two Moon Park. There is NO STARTBOX at the start location. Contactless Online Registration Only (NOT osb) at https://AZStrollers.org/Store/ requires a valid email address.


how to get to the event

Driving to the start box

Your walk begins at the Upper Level Parking Lot of the MetraPark Arena. GPS: 45.802060, -108.473689. From I-90 take Exit 452, US-87 north. Turn RIGHT toward City Center. Cross the Yellowstone River, then turn RIGHT to stay on US-87 north. Take the exit for Bench Blvd just before the big MetraPark sign. Continue PAST the arena to the light at Airport Rd. Turn RIGHT into Metra Parking. Park right near the fence at the top as you will be walking out back to Bench Blvd. Coming from our Boothill start on Aronson Ave, go RIGHT and turn LEFT immediately on Swords Ln. Turn RIGHT on Airport Rd. Continue across Main St to the Bench Blvd light and go straight across into the Metra Parking as above. There are NO restrooms here, so stop on your way in. There are vault toilets just past 1K on the trail.

Maps phrase and directions link

Click "GO" to bring up the directions on Google maps.

Billings MetraPark Upper parking lot

event sponsor

Woodland Wanderers (AVA-0915)

Event website: woodlandwanderers.org

point of contact

Click inside the box to send an email to the POC.