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The Most Centrally Located Downtown Billings Hotel

Billings has grown rapidly from its humble beginnings in 1882 as a railroad town to become the largest city in Montana, earning the nickname "The Magic City" along the way. Surrounded by historic landmarks and Big Sky Country's naturally beautiful landscape, Billings is a city with a rich past and a bright future.

Billings Logan Airport Hotel

Located just two miles south of Billings Logan International Airport, Dude Rancher Lodge is the most convenient hotel near Billings Airport and is situated perfectly to allow you to take full advantage of everything our unique city has to offer. Within five miles you'll find over 50 familiar and local restaurants. Local golf courses include Yegen Golf Club, Exchange City Golf Course and Lake Hills Golf Club, all of which are less than five miles away.

Hotels near MetraPark Arena

MetraPark Arena is Montana's fairgrounds and multi-facility events campus that features trade shows, concerts, rodeos, basketball, wrestling, figure skating, indoor football, livestock shows, motor sports and a wide variety of festivals. Located only two miles east, Dude Rancher Lodge is the most convenient hotel near MetraPark Arena.

Hotels near MSU Billings

Montana State University Billings is an integral part of the community. Founded in 1927 the university nurtures a longstanding tradition of educational success, excellence in teaching and civic enhancement. Located only one mile north, we are also the most convenient hotel near MSU Billings.

The Perfect Billings Montana Hotel

Go whitewater rafting on the Yellowstone River, which runs right along Interstate 90, take a day trip to see the majestic beauty of Yellowstone National Park, visit Pompey's Pillar National Monument to see where the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled through or visit the area where the Battle of the Little Bighorn was fought. In Billings the possibilities are endless ...

Whether you're in town for business or pleasure, Dude Rancher Lodge is the most centrally located hotel in billings MT and provides a unique experience in a historically rich city that has been recognized as an All-American City and is the "Star of the Big Sky Country."

Interesting Things To Do

Date posted: 07/08/2014

Experience the Thrill This Summer with Fun Things to do in Billings MT!

Summer is all about relaxing, having a good time, and spending time with friends and family. When staying in Billings MT this summer, check out all of these fun opportunities you can explore in this exciting city...

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Date posted: 06/19/2014

Come and Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Yellowstone Art Museum!

Some of the fun events they have planned for the general public is an awesome car show, Summerfair, and concerts! Come out to the Yellowstone Art Museum or visit artmuseum.org for more information. For those staying at hotels close to Yellowstone Art Museum, come and celebrate the 50th...

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Date posted: 06/06/2014

Express your Creative and Soulful Side at Barjon’s Art & Soul Festival!

If so, consider attending Barjon’s Art and Soul Festival – an opportunity for you to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. The Art and Soul Festival will be held on Saturday, June 21st from 9am – 5pm. The street/vendor/art fair and chalk walk is FREE. While staying in Billings MT, appreciators of...

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Date posted: 05/22/2014

Get Into the Spring Fever at the 26th Annual SpringFest!

If you love county fairs, then don’t miss SpringFest as it will have all the things you love about festivals. Enjoy the outdoors with friends and family, walk around and browse through vendors, and enjoy some great food and quality fun that you will remember for years to come! When staying in...

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Date posted: 05/08/2014

Be a Part of Something Special at the Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies!

You are invited to join over 1,500 athletes from across Montana as they participate in the Special Olympics. The event is FREE and will be held at the Rimrock Auto Arena. For those that are wondering what to do in Billings MT, be sure to offer your support and participate in this awe-inspiring...

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Date posted: 04/30/2014

Discover and Explore the Pictograph Cave!

Pictograph State Park in Montana is one of the best places to spend a day out with the family. The park is a great location to be outdoors, be close to nature, and also take a step back in time to see the ancient rock paintings still visible in the caves. The three caves which make up the main...

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Date posted: 04/10/2014

Montana Brewers Spring Fest Gets Served Up April 25th!

The Montana Brewers Spring Fest is Back! Learn about the brewing process while sampling the beers from over 20 Craft Brewers from across Montana.

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Date posted: 03/18/2014

Friday Nights Special at Yellowstone Art Museum

At the Yellowstone Art Museum, a new programme of weekly Friday Night Specials has started which will unite the community and allow visitors to kick start their weekends. The new ‘Jam at the YAM’ evenings will run from 5.30pm to 8.00pm on the first Friday of every month. At these events, members a

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Date posted: 02/19/2014

Be one with nature at Lake Elmo State Park

Lake Elmo State Park, the most popular park in the whole Montana state, can be found in Billings, Montana, and offers a wide range of outdoor entertainment for the whole family. Attracting more than one hundred and fifty thousand visitors per year...

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Date posted: 01/13/2014

Attend the BMP Swap Meet & Banquet at MetraPark

Part of the fantastic program of events at the Billings MetraPark, the Billings Motorsports Park Swap Meet and Banquet is to be held on January 25th in the Montana Pavilion. All of the season’s champion racers will be in attendance, as members of the public and traders are welcomed into the...

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Date posted: 12/13/2013

A Christmas Carol Play at the Alberta Bair Theater

Taking place on December 19th at the Alberta Bair Theater, the curtain opens at 7:30pm for an evening of excellent holiday entertainment. In addition, a pre-performance workshop will be taking place from 5:30pm-7pm at the Moss Mansion.

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Date posted: 11/18/2013

A Fairytale Christmas Display at Moss Mansion

This holiday season, the beautiful Moss Mansion will come alive for ‘A Fairytale Christmas Display’ of amazing trees. Seventeen local non-profit charitable organizations have decorated their own trees in stunning style matching the fairytale theme.

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Date posted: 10/18/2013

Get Your Fright On at the Two Moon Haunted Hallow

The Two Moon Haunted Hallow is a unique outdoor haunting with actors across the park, visitors are led through frights and scares that will take place rain or shine

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Date posted: 09/13/2013

See all that MetraPark has to Offer!

MetraPark in Billings, Montana, is home to a wide range of events for adults and children alike, with a busy calendar of activities throughout the year. Coming soon, the Yellowstone RV Show between September 19th and September 22nd is the perfect opportunity to bag a bargain at the end...

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Date posted: 08/07/2013

Burn the Point this Labor Day

If you’re looking for something to do this Labor Day Weekend then look no further than the 10th annual Burn the Point festival in Billings, Montana. Festivities start on Friday, August 30, at 6:30pm followed by a street dance. Then on the following day, Saturday, August 30, there will be...

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Date posted: 07/17/2013

Attend the Yellowstone Valley Bellydance Festival!

Travel to the Middle East right here in Billings, MT this August with some bellydancing! Bellydancing was created in the Middle East before spreading to other countries and gaining worldwide popularity. Bellydancing also goes by other names including Oriental Dance, Egyptian Dance...

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Date posted: 06/19/2013

Travel to Medieval Times at the Montana Renaissance Festival!

Wouldn’t it be fun to travel back in time? A time where you could count on a knight to save the day and when chivalry ruled the land. Where Lords and Ladies dressed in elegant Renaissance clothing filled with exquisite detail. Don’t let these things remain in the past. At the Montana...

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Date posted: 05/13/2013

Join the Party at Alive After 5!

Summer is the time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. People can really come together and enjoy life. What better way to celebrate the Summer months than with a good old fashioned party? Good food, good music and fresh weather is all you need to create the perfect summer. If you will be at one...

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Date posted: 04/23/2013

Enjoy Spring at Geranium Fest!

Springtime is when nature is in full bloom. Leaves on the trees go from brown to bright green and beautiful flowers begin to blossom everywhere. Those staying at any of the hotels in Billings MT in May, should take a day to enjoy what nature has to offer at ZooMontana’s 14th Annual Geranium...

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Date posted: 03/19/2013

Celebrate Spring with ZooMontana!

It’s springtime in Montana, and what better place to celebrate than the zoo? At ZooMontana, there will be plenty of events for those staying at hotels in Billings MT. Read below for details on all the fun you can partake in!

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Date posted: 02/26/2013

March Events in Billings, Montana

If you are staying at a hotel in Billings MT in March, come see a show at the Alberta Bair Theater! There is great diversity in the performances available all month for adults and children alike. You can also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the parade and fair in downtown Billings!

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Date posted: 01/25/2013

Visit the MATE Show & Home Health Expo!

Those staying in hotels in Billings MT without Valentine’s Day plans may want to check out the Annual Montana Agri-Trade Exposition (MATE) happening February 14-16. The show is the largest agricultural trade show event of the year in Montana. Every year, the show is held in conjunction with the...

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Date posted: 12/11/2012

See a Show at the Venture Fringe Festival!

Are you staying in Billings Montana hotels this January? Witness the growing art scene of Billings at the second Venture Fringe Festival all around town during two weekends this month!

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Date posted: 11/20/2012

Celebrate the Holidays in Billings, Montana

If you’re spending the holiday season in hotels near Metrapark, there are plenty of little ways ways to get into the spirit of Christmas. Read below for many different events in the area this month!

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Date posted: 10/23/2012

Holiday Events in Billings, Montana

Are you spending Thanksgiving in hotels in Billings Montana? If so, there’s plenty to get your mind into the spirit of the holidays. Read below for information on a gift festival, turkey run and tree festival!

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Date posted: 09/20/2012

Color Me Rad in Billings, Montana!

Don’t let fall bring you down! If you’re staying in hotels in Billings MT this October, there’s an event to cheer ever the gloomiest up. It’s the Color Me Rad 5K race: running with a tsunami of color that guarantees a great time. That’s right, Color Me Rad is coming to Billings, Montana on October..

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Date posted: 08/15/2012

September Events in Billings, Montana

Summer may be over, but there is still plenty going on in Billings, Montana! Those staying in Billings MT hotels in September can explore the Montana Rescue Mission at HopeFest and drink to their hearts content at the Yellowstone American Museum at Oktoberfest. Read the details on these fun...

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Date posted: 07/13/2012

Rides, Games, Food and More at the Montana Fair

It’s that time of the year again! The Montana Fair in Billings, Montana returns August 10 through August 18. The event is full of all the classic fair activities we’ve come to know and love – rides, games, food, a carnival, and more!

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Date posted: 06/13/2012

"Hotel Impossible" Visits Dude Rancher Lodge!

When the Dude Rancher Lodge first opened in Billings, Harry S. Truman was president. The Billings Mustangs had just been founded. Billings was an icon for the true western experience, with its traditional ranch house lodging. Now the new Travel Channel show “Hotel Impossible” is giving Dude...

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Date posted: 05/16/2012

June Events in Billings, Montana

Billings has much to celebrate this spring! If you’re staying in Billings MT hotels during May and June, there are plenty of festivities to enjoy. Read below for information on what you could be doing in Billings!

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Date posted: 04/04/2012

Experience ArtWalk in Billings on May 4!

If you’re staying at hotels in Billings, Montana in the upcoming months, you may be able to experience Artwalk Billings! It’s an opportunity to explore the artsy side of Billings while taking buses around the city. Artwalks are held the first Friday of February, May, August, October...

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Date posted: 03/19/2012

Spring Concerts in Billings Montana

If you are staying in hotels in Billings, MT in early spring, you’ll have the opportunity to attend many exciting events going on in town. Read below for the details on these fun happenings!

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Date posted: 02/17/2012

Laugh Your Heart Out at Montana Comedy!

Are you looking for a night of laughs? Billings, Montana has a budding comedy scene called “Montana Comedy.” Tomorrow, February 18, Hollywood comedian Lukas Seely will perform live at the Alberta Bair Theater. In March, two more great comedy events will be held in Billings. Read on for more...

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Date posted: 01/19/2012

Witness the Creativity of Billings at One Act Theatre!

Venture out to see the creative side of Billings, Montana at the 17th Annual One Act Festival. It celebrates writers and plays on two consecutive weekends in February at the Venture Theatre. This year’s selections are D.R.E.A.M. Inc. by Ryan Gage, Brett & Eric Meet the CIIA by Shad Scott and...

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Date posted: 12/08/2011

Ice Skating and the Yosemite Art Museum in Billing, Montana!

Billings, Montana is a great place to spend the holidays, with snow, mountains and lush forests. There are also lots of events going on to get one in the holiday mood, such as the “Christmas Gala on Ice.” After the holidays are over, check out the Yellowstone Art Museum to learn something new...

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Date posted: 11/18/2011

Offbeat Holiday Venues in Billings, Montana

As the holidays are approaching, travelers in Billings, Montana may be looking for unique events and places to check out. If you enjoy arts and crafts or historical monuments, read below for some entertaining places to visit in December!

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Date posted: 10/13/2011

Bring the Whole Family to Boo at the Zoo!

Halloween is a great time to be in Billings, Montana. If you’re looking for a safe and fun Halloween event for the whole family in Billings, head on over to ZooMontana for “Boo at the Zoo” on October 28, 29 and 30th from 5-9pm.

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Date posted: 09/06/2011

Drink at Ales for Trails this October in Billings, Montana!

This September, Billings, Montana will be holding the 11th annual “Ales for Trails” on Friday, September 23 from 5pm to 10pm at Dehler Park in downtown. Event attendees will be able to taste beer from many of Montana’s craft breweries, listen to live music from Down Time and enjoy great food and...

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Date posted: 08/04/2011

Billings is ending summer with Fairs, Festivals and a little Motley Crue in August 2011

The beautiful city of Billings, Montana, is ending summer with a bang with a lineup of memorable events for friends and families to enjoy, including Montana’s Urban Music Festival, the Crow Fair Pow Wow and a performance from the 80s heavy metal band Motley Crue.

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Date posted: 07/06/2011

Compete with the Best at Montana’s 2011 Big Sky State Games

Competitors in the land of the shining mountains are getting ready to show off their skills and head to the starting line for Montana’s 26th Annual Big Sky State Games. Standing as the largest State Games per capita in the nation, this multi-sport event attracts...

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Date posted: 06/02/2011

Have the Adventure of a Lifetime at the 2011 MontanaFair

MontanaFair is the region’s largest event of its kind, bringing in nearly 10,000 people every year for the fun and frenzy of this adventurous affair. Organized in Billings, Montana for friends and families everywhere to enjoy, this annual celebration features a number of attractions...

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Date posted: 05/04/2011

Celebrate Sun, Flowers and Fun at Springfest at the Moss Mansion

With summer on its way, this is the perfect time to plan a day of outdoor fun, enjoying the sun, food and art of Springfest at the Moss Mansion. Celebrating its 22nd year, Springfest 2011 is expected to be the can’t miss event of the spring season, with over 40 artists from across Montana...

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Date posted: 04/08/2011

Downtown Billings Strawberry Festival: June 11

Spring is in the air, which means that the city of Billings, Montana is that much closer to their Annual Downtown Billings Strawberry Festival. With live entertainment, delicious food and heart racing contests, this is an event that the whole family can enjoy (Yes, even the teens).

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Date posted: 12/31/2010

Goodbye 2010...

What a year it's been! Inside you'll find a re-cap of Dude Rancher Lodge highlights over the last 12 months.

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Date posted: 12/08/2010

New Year’s Eve – Friday, December 31

The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Doug LaBrecque will be ringing in the New Year in fine style.

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Date posted: 11/13/2010

Holiday Family Festival – December 11 & 12

The stately Moss Mansion features a wonderful way to celebrate this year’s holiday season.

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Date posted: 10/03/2010

The 8th Annual High Plains Bookfest – October 7 thru October 10

Those that are passionate about the written word will be able to celebrate their love of literature at the 8th Annual High Plains BookFest and High Plains Book Awards.

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Date posted: 09/18/2010

The NILE Pro Rodeo Show Stock & Western Expo – October 9 thru 16

The NILE Pro Rodeo Show Stock & Western Expo celebrates the Western lifestyle and will be held at MetraPark from Otober 9 through October 16.

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Date posted: 08/24/2010

DUDE RANCHER LODGE LISTED on the NATIONAL REGISTER of HISTORIC PLACES

The Dude Rancher Lodge has recently been added onto the National Register of Historic Places, which is America's official list of historic properties that provide a valuable link to our country's past and are deemed worthy of preservation.

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Date posted: 07/26/2010

Big Sky Polka Festival - Labor Day Weekend

The Annual Big Sky Polka Festival gets started on Thursday, September 2, and will take place throughout Labor Day Weekend.

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Date posted: 06/24/2010

Doll Sale at the Legacy Doll Museum - September 25, 2010

On Saturday, Sept. 25, you’ll be able to visit the museum for a Doll Sale in the all-purpose room.

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Date posted: 05/04/2010

Dude Rancher Lodge to Be Nominated for the National Registry of Historic Places - May 22, 2010

Since 1950, the Dude Rancher Lodge has provided warm, western hospitality to each and every one of our guests. On Saturday May 22, 2010, we will be nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Date posted: 04/09/2010

The 2010 MontanaFair - August 13 thru August 21

MontanaFair is A Really Big Deal. It’s the state’s biggest event and attracts nearly a quarter of a million people each year. With nearly 10,000 exhibitors competing for blue ribbons and cash prizes, the fair also includes three top notch concerts, arenacross, motorsports and a rodeo.

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Date posted: 03/16/2010

Wyo-Mont Appaloosa Club - July 17 & 18

On Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18, the Wyo-Mont Appaloosa Club will be having their open show in MetraPark’s Super Barn.

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Date posted: 02/02/2010

Montana Speakers Bureau: Katie Knight – June 24, 2010

On June 24 Yellowstone Art Museum will host the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate with artist and educator Katie Knight.

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Date posted: 01/25/2010

Reiter’s Cup Motocross Series #2 – June 4, 2010

On Friday, June 4, the Reiter’s Cup Motocross Series will mark a decade of great weekday evening motocross racing at Billings Motorcycle Club.

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Date posted: 12/31/2009

Western Heritage Center – May 7, 2010

On Friday, May 7, you are invited to preview of the new Dale and Mary Hawkins Western Art Collection.

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Date posted: 11/30/2009

Celebrate Earth Day at ZooMontana – April 24, 2010

On Saturday, April 24, local businesses and organization will have interactive booths set up inside the zoo with educational information on ways to become more eco-conscious in your daily life.

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