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20th AVA Biennial Convention

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Stepping Out of Bounds in Billings

The American Volkssport Association is America’s Walking Club. Every two years the membership gathers together to conduct the business of the organization. Come join us
June 7th to 9th, 2017, in Billings, Montana!

Convention Hotel Registration
Hotel is 100% Booked

As of September 11, 2016, all rooms at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center have been reserved. If you would like to be placed on a list to receive a room if someone cancels, please send an email to info@2017AVAConvention.org and we will track it on a first come-first served basis. Make sure to include your contact information and the last date you would consider. Thank you all for your support.

Here is the information you need to make your reservation at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center; 1223 Mullowney Lane; Billings, MT 59101. Their telephone number is 1-800-537-7286. Email is billingshotel@billingshotel.net. Web is billingshotel.net.

When you make the reservations, you must specify the promo code


This is actually necessary because we have booked the entire hotel!! The dates available are Tuesday - Friday, June 6-9, 2017. The convention will actually be Wednesday evening, Thursday and Friday. There are pre-walks on Monday and Tuesday (Wyoming and Montana); Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Billings; and post walks Saturday and Sunday (Montana and Wyoming). Optional events are the Crazy Horse walk on June 3-4, and Yellowstone National Park after the convention.

To stay updated on our progress, connect regularly to our web site 2017AVAConvention.org, sign up for our newsletter, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Billings, Montana's Trailhead!

There are 36 miles of trails in Billings, with over 7 miles along the Yellowstone River. A stretch of trail along the Rimrocks has fantastic views of the mountains beyond. On a clear day, five mountain ranges can be seen. Billings has 39 city parks, and more than 500 geocache treasures in the city alone! The Yellowstone River is the longest free-flowing river in the United States.

The downtown brewery tour will be incorporated into one of our sanctioned events. The Western Heritage Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Yellowstone Art Museum was originally the Yellowstone County jail, built in 1884 ($5 admission).

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Billings Info Download

Download the Billings, Montana convention presentation and/or the Visit Billings video and Guidebook. Opens in a new page. Just close the page to return here.

Billings Convention Downloads

Wild Montana Skies

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Montana From The Air

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We are proposing the following convention events in Billings:

  • Walk, Buffalo, Wyoming
  • Walk, Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
  • Walk, Billings Yellowstone River
  • Walk, Billings Brewery Tour
  • Walk, Billings Swords Rimrock Park
  • Bike, Billings
  • Swim, Billings Hotel
  • Walk, Red Lodge, Montana
  • Walk, Cody, Wyoming

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19th Biennial Convention Photos, Salem, Oregon

Silver Falls

We walked past and under many of the waterfalls in Silver Falls State Park.

Willamette River

Walking over the Willamette River near the campus of the University of Oregon.

Huge Trees

The trees that were standing were huge, as were the trees that have fallen down over the years. We should be humbled.

Under the Waterfall

Walking under the waterfalls was a sprinkling experience.

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