Billings, Montana

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Introduction to Billings

Montana’s largest city is alive with urban growth and vibrancy, yet it maintains its Western heritage and accessibility to natural resources for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit an art museum, experience a Native American Pow-Wow at nearby Crow Indian Reservation, explore ancient fossil beds, relive the Battle of Little Bighorn, rappel down rimrock cliffs or navigate the mighty Yellowstone River. Here, city parks and urban landscapes rival the beauty of Mother Nature and surrounding natural wonders.

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About Visit Billings

The team at Visit Billings works closely with the Montana Film Office to ensure the state and destination are film-friendly. With Montana’s new and attractive tax incentives, Visit Billings also offers financial assistance (on a case-by-case basis) to provide perks for choosing this area to film your next production. And for off-day adventure ideas, they provide inside information on hidden gems and local favorites. Job one for Visit Billings is to be your local resource in facilitating seamless location-shooting and simplifying production logistics.

General Info for Billings, Montana

Weather in Billings, MT

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in ºF 36 40 49 58 67 77 87 86 73 59 45 35
Average low in ºF 18 21 27 35 44 52 59 57 47 37 26 18
Av. precipitation in inch 0.48 0.48 1 1.7 2 2.1 1.3 0.8 1.3 1.2 0.6 0.5

Average Daylight Hours in Billings, MT

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daylight Hours 9 10 12 13.5 15 15.5 15.5 14 12.5 11 9.5 9

Permitting Agencies

The City of Billings doesn’t demand film permits, however, in the past Visit Billings staff have worked with production
teams to help crews build relationships with city officials by alerting them of any film or production plans.

Permits for road closures or access to municipal buildings is necessary, but are typical obtained within two weeks or
less.

Other roadways: The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) allows filming, with permission, on state highways,
and in some cases, the Interstate system. Billings is along the Interstate 90 and Interstate 94 corridor offering great
access to the area.

State highways include primary, secondary, and urban routes. Intermittent traffic control is permitted. In most
instances, a written traffic control plan will be required. However, the Montana Film Office has information on the
timelines and requirements pertaining to such areas although it’s noted 15 days is needed to obtain typical permits.

Bureau of Land Management
Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
Custer Gallatin National Forest

First Aid & Medical Services

Billings is home to a major medical corridor serving a 500 mile radius including eastern Montana.

  • Billings Clinic: (406) 238-2500
  • St. Vincent Healthcare/SCL Health: (406) 657-7000
  • RiverStone Health: (406) 247-3200

Film Affiliations

A Few Filming Locations in Billings

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The Billings Depot

Four Dances National Recreation Area

The Rimrocks

The Moss Mansion

The Billings Depot

Built in 1909, just 20 years after statehood, this massive complex spans four city blocks. Sitting on a main east-to-west rail line corridor, this gorgeous building was a centerpiece for downtown Billings. The campus features an office building, passenger station (with a baggage room) and historic post office. Politicians, Hollywood celebrities and even royalty have made their arrival in Billings through these doors. Today, it is lovingly restored to period condition.

Four Dances National Recreation Area

With cliffs that drop 200-500 feet to the river, this area features spectacular views of the Yellowstone River and surrounding plains that are bordered by mountains on the horizon. One side showcases an undeveloped natural area while the other highlights an industrial cityscape. The crown jewel of the area is Pictograph Cave State Park.

Historic Deadwood
Custer State Park

The Rimrocks

Geologically and geographically iconic to the Billings landscape, these 70-million-year-old sandstone cliffs outline the northern border of the city, Several parking areas make it easily accessible, while historic Zimmerman Trail allows cars to zigzag up (or down) the “rims” amidst natural and wooded areas.

The Moss Mansion

Built in 1903 and designed by the famed New York architect who also designed the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, this three-story, red-stone mansion has 28 rooms and stands 45 feet tall. It features unrivaled craftsmanship and exquisite décor such as marble fireplaces and a vintage intercom.

Missouri River

Incentives & Rebates

Visit Billings has enjoyed and appreciated working with production crews. From assisting with site inspections and
visits, to accommodating talent and crews with off day adventure ideas, the Visit Billings team is proud to assist every
step of the way.

From American Idol talent calls to assisting the director (Payne) and producers (Parra) of NEBRASKA, the community is
ready and willing to help make sure filming is seamless and that execution is as simplified from a community stand
point as possible.

There are offerings (financial and assistance) available on a case by case basis by Visit Billings that offer advantages
to choosing the area.

For formal offerings per the Montana Film Office, please note:

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Film Credits for Billings

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Film Credits

  • Nebraska
  • We Burn Like That
  • Far and Away
  • American Idol
  • The Amazing Race
  • Hotel Impossible x 2
  • Undercover Boss (Kampgrounds of America)
  • Wheel of Fortune

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Alex Tyson

Alex Tyson

Visit Billings

Phone: 406-869-3726
Email: Alex@VisitBillings.com
Website: www.visitbillings.com