And then it *really* gets tough.

What's the longest leg of Peaks to Prairie? The bike might cover the longest distance, but for pure endurance, the river leg takes just as much time.


Photo courtesy of the Billings Gazette


Peaks is held at just the right time of year to get good, navigable stream flows. These 10 miles along the Yellowstone River offer spectacular wildlife and scenery, present a few challenges, and almost guarantee you'll be out of energy by the time you arrive at the Special K Ranch between Park City and Columbus, MT. This year's course is shorter, but safer, than courses laid out in the past. Come ready to sprint it out!

Teams can employ one or two paddlers (kayaks or canoes). Part of your team's classification comes from the length of the boat used: boats over 14' (but not longer than 18' 6") result in a "Racing" classification, while those under 14' compete in the "Sport" class.

Note for Paddlers

You are welcome to practice and take out at the Special K Ranch, but to please call the ranch the week prior or of to let them know that you are coming so they can make sure they can open and close the gates needed for the animals not to get out. The number is 406-322-5520.