The Grasslands at Grand Peaks is a planned development community located northwest of downtown Billings, Montana. At the Grasslands you’ll experience quiet, star filled nights in a country-like setting, minutes from all of the amenities found in Montana’s largest city. Billings is a regional hub for medical care, distribution, finance and shopping and is considered a launching point for adventures across Big Sky Country. Nicknamed, “Montana’s Trailhead”, Billings is a fantastic place to live, play and call home.
The Grasslands at Grand Peaks neighborhood is at 54th St. West, between Rimrock Road and Grand Avenue with full city services available, such as: water, sewer, high-speed internet, cable, etc. Billings Fire Station #7 is at the southwest corner of the neighborhood. Rimrock Road and Grand Avenue both lead directly into Billings, literally a five minute drive to the western edge of town. To the north you’ll enjoy views of Billings famous “Rimrocks” (also known at the “Rims”). A massive, 80 million year-old sandstone cliff formation that rises hundreds of feet into the air and surrounds the northern edge of the city valley. The easily accessible Rimrocks create a scenic backdrop to Billings and are a popular area for recreation, with miles of public trails and multiple parks located along the Rims.
While the city of Billings footprint continues to expand, sections of farmland, horse pastures and fields (consisting primarily of wheat, alfalfa, corn & sugar beets) remain dotted throughout the surrounding neighborhood, a reminder of the agricultural background that brought homesteaders to the area. To the northwest, a scenic drive up Molt Road takes you through a small canyon that eventually winds its way up to a plateau of wide open country above the Yellowstone River valley. Oftentimes, the only sound you’ll hear when you park your car are native birds (like our state bird, the Western Meadowlark, singing its signature song) and the sound of the wind blowing through rolling fields of grassland. Come here, and you’ll see why Montana is called Big Sky Country.
Billings is at the junction of I-94 and I-90 and is served by Billings Logan International Airport, with direct flights available to Denver, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas and more. We’re a two hour drive to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park (via Cody, WY).
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Images of grizzly bears and mountain lions may pop into your head when you think of Montana. That may hold true for parts of our state, but in the Billings area you are much more likely to encounter wildlife of a less exotic variety. It’s not uncommon to see mule deer and white tail deer in and around city limits. In fact, some residents around the Grasslands at Grand Peaks area have spotted a somewhat rare albino deer! Other creatures that you may see from the roads or strolling around the neighboring fields are: wild turkey, prairie dogs (a cute, gopher-like creature), raccoons and perhaps the occasional porcupine.
Billings has 46 public schools, serving around 20,000 kids. There are 22 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 3 high schools. There is also 1 career technical education center (the College of Technology) and Billings is home to Montana State University-Billings and Rocky Mountain College. There are a variety of private K-12 schools, including religious schools. Two of those are located a mile or so down the road from the Grasslands at Grand Peaks; Billings Christian School and Grace Montessori Academy.
The Grasslands at Grand Peaks public K-12 schools are: Meadowlark Elementary (4.1 miles away), the recently built Ben Steele Middle School (0.8 miles away) and West High (4.9 miles away). The Grasslands are served by the school bus system.
Montana has an arid mountain desert climate, with Billings only receiving about 14 inches of rain per year. You’ll certainly experience all four seasons. Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures averaging around 86 degrees in July and winters can be chilly, averaging 35 degree daytime highs in December. Temps can swing as low as -20 in the winter to over 100 on occasion in the summertime. Average yearly snowfall for Billings is around 55 inches. Thankfully, it doesn’t arrive all at once! We’ve been known to traditionally receive snowfall as early as September and as late as May. The snowiest month is actually March, when up to 10 inches usually falls.
Work & Economy
Montana’s economy has traditionally been based on agriculture, tourism and natural resources. Some of the biggest employers in Billings include: Talen Energy, Billings Clinic Hospital, First Interstate BancSystem, Kampgrounds of America (world headquarters), Wells Fargo and St. Vincent Healthcare. There are also two large refineries in Billings, ExxonMobile and Phillips 66. Unlike the western half of the state, the Billings economy has remained fairly stable, with overall steady growth and has experienced less dips and swings during nationwide downturns. The median home value has increased at an average annual rate of 3.56% since 2000. With the popularity of remote work rising, Billings is rapidly becoming an attractive place to “work from home.”
Shopping & Dining
Drive five to ten minutes from the Grasslands at Grand Peaks and you’ll encounter shopping and dining for all tastes and budgets. No longer a food desert, Billings is home to hundreds of restaurants, from the usual fast-casual chains to some of the best dining options in the state. Local chefs are finding innovative ways to incorporate delicious farm-to-table menus with local meats and produce, while others have seafood flown in daily. Sure, Montana is beef country (with no shortage of awesome steak restaurants), but you’ll also find plenty of tasty vegan menu items and a wide assortment of ethnic food options. Montana ranks 3rd in the nation per-capita for breweries and you’ll find some of the best, award-winning beers at Billings many breweries.
Billings is a regional shopping hub, with all of the usual box stores (Home Depot, Lowes, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, etc). Shoppers enjoy our no-sales tax and on the weekends you’ll see numerous cars & trucks from Wyoming taking advantage of the tax break. Albertson’s is the prominent grocery store chain, with one location just 2.6 miles from the Grasslands at Grand Peaks.
The Shops at Shiloh Crossing (9 minutes away) features: Kohl’s, Scheel’s Sporting Goods, REI, a 14 screen AMC theater, plus a number of restaurants, bars and assorted retailers. Nearby Rimrock Mall features 60+ tenants and downtown Billings offers a wide variety of unique and locally owned restaurants, bars and shopping destinations.
If you love the outdoors, you’ve come to the right place! Pick any direction from the Grasslands at Grand Peaks and you’ll find yourself in some of the best hiking, biking, fishing, skiing and camping in the world. For hiking and biking around town, Billings has over 60 miles (and counting) of improved trails that connect to virtually all areas of town. The city has 47 developed parks totaling 1,183 acres and another 2,000+ acres of undeveloped natural park areas. Montana boasts over 30 million acres of state and federal lands, nearly a third of the state.
The Yellowstone River is a popular place for summertime fishing, swimming, floating and rock-hounding, were locals search for Montana agates. Riverside Park in Laurel, MT (13.5 miles away from the Grasslands) is a busy weekend spot for launching a jet boat or raft and some of the best fly fishing in the United States can be had on the Big Horn River, about 90 minutes southeast of Billings near Hardin, MT.
Red Lodge, MT is an hour southwest of Billings and is a favorite mountain-town getaway for locals. Quaint, with unique shopping & restaurants, it’s also home to Red Lodge Mountain Ski Area. Continue south from Red Lodge and you’ll experience one of the most stunning roads in the country, the Beartooth Pass Scenic Highway. It climbs to over 10,000 ft at the peak as you cross into the Wyoming border. The Custer National Forest features thousands of acres of improved & rustic camping and wilderness as well as hundreds of remote, ice-cold, crystal clear, mountain lakes. Backcountry fans enjoy unbeatable hiking trails. Off-road motorized sports are also popular in Montana, with snowmobiling, dirt biking and four wheeling a common activity.
There are seven public or private golf courses in Yellowstone County and two outdoor public swimming pools, plus the seasonal Oasis Waterpark and the year-round Reef Indoor Waterpark. ZooMontana (the only accredited zoo in Montana) is a popular spot for kids and families.