Pompeys Pillar National Monument overlooks the Yellowstone River, approximately 25 miles east of Billings, Montana. Pompeys Pillar is a sandstone butte that bears the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the date, July 25, 1806, when he passed along the Yellowstone during his return journey. Although Captain Clark referred to this sandstone outcropping in journal as Pompeys Tower, it may have named in honor of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, Sacagawea’s son, whom he had given the nickname “Pomp.”
Visit the Riverwalk and Interpretive center located along the way to the Pillar. Here you will find notes from Clark’s journey detailing their experiences in Yellowstone from July 15th 1806 to their came along the Missouri Rivers. The center also has information about the native flora fauna, the indigenous cultures of the area, and the history of Pompeys Pillar. The area also boasts robust bird watching. North of the Pillar, you’ll also find viewing areas of the Yellowstone River.The Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center opened in 2006 and provides exhibits related to Clark’s 1806 journey through the Yellowstone Valley. The 5,700-square foot center also highlights native culture, flora, fauna, the story of the Corps of Discovery expedition, and the historical legacy of Pompeys Pillar. A gift store, operated by the Friends of Pompeys Pillar, is also located at the interpretive center.
Pompeys Pillar National Reservations and Information:
Monument Mailing Address5001 Southgate DriveBillings, MT 59101 US,Monument Physical Address3039 US Highway 312Pompeys Pillar, MT 59064 US
Open daily for drive-in 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through September and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in October.Visitors may walk-in 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. (Walk from front gate to the Pillar is approximately 3/4 mile.)The Interpretive Center is open the first weekend in May and closes for the season at the end of October.
Prices and Fees
$7.00 per vehicle per day. All valid federal recreation passes are honored at the site.
The interpretive center, restrooms, parking lot and day use area are fully accessible.