Billings Adventure: Acton Recreation Area - Wild Exploration (and a Few Prickly Surprises)

By Kara Wahl  |  April 2024

This week, we ditched the screens and headed for an epic adventure at the Acton Recreation Area. Let me tell you, this hidden gem, just a hop, skip, and a jump (okay, maybe 25 miles) northeast of Billings, is a dream for anyone who craves a dose of nature.

We were the only ones out there that day, which seemed crazy! But hey, that meant the entire place was ours to explore! My youngest, the little explorer in the making (almost 4!), was in full wonder-woman mode, running the trails and dodging (well, mostly) the occasional prickly pear cactus. They pack a punch (literally) and are excellent at hiding in plain sight. Live and learn, right? Just stick to the trails and you’ll be just fine.

Acton is an adventurer's paradise. Trails wind through diverse landscapes - from rolling hills to dramatic sandstone bluffs. We stuck to the easier paths this time (gotta keep the little one happy!), but there are options for all skill levels, from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes that'll get your heart pumping.

And for those who like their adventures on two wheels, Acton has miles of designated mountain biking trails. Next time, we're bringing the bikes for sure!

There are also several camping sites available. Word to the wise, the road in past the parking lot is an old fire access road, high clearance and 4 wheel drive are highly recommended.

The best part? This stunning escape is practically in our backyard. We packed a picnic lunch, spread out on one of the many provided picnic tables, and soaked up the fresh air and wide-open spaces. It was the perfect reminder that epic adventures don't require fancy gear or faraway destinations.

If you're looking for a taste of the wild close to home, check out the Acton Recreation Area. Just remember to pack your sense of adventure, good shoes, plenty of water, and maybe some tweezers (just kidding... mostly). See you on the trails!

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