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Pictograph Cave State Park

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Address: 3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: +1 406-254-7342
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for its...
Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for its importance to Northern Plains archaeology conducted in the late 1930s. Learn about the rock art and artifacts left behind for over 4,500 years. This 23 acre park features walking trails, a 'green' designed visitor's center, picnic grounds and museum displays; everything you need for a fun and educational get away! This unique site is a well-known place of spirit writing. Soluble minerals that have leached through the sandstone have veiled the rock art, but when heavy rains or snow-melt percolates down through the wall to saturate it, that veil of minerals will lift (becomes transparent) thus revealing what is beneath. On a dry day you may see 5-9 pictographs, but on the brief, wet occurrences, 10-15 images may appear in much more detail. The Crow people believe that many of these images are drawn by the spirits, and whichever ones you see are meant to give you a personal message or even suggest future events.
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Nice short hike

Small site with an interesting hike and self guided interpretive trail. Good for a short trip or break. This can be easily done in 1 hour. Interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was incredible. You can really see the pictographs on the walls and they actually have lots of them to look at. The walk is really nice except one part where you walk up a hard hill but everything else was really beautiful. The view around you is also very incredible. I'd go back again.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We visited the caves on a beautiful clear day and were able to enjoy a fantastic scenic drive to the park. Once there we were left feeling a little let down as the fee to view the caves was a little steep for the experience you get. There were 2 caves in total and both did not exceed our expectations.... More 

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Firestone, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The Pictographs is a great hour or so. It does have a small museum and informational center that is great. The pictographs are kind of hard to see as they are fading. It is a nice historical spot if you have an hour or so.

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Lafayette, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Maybe I anticipated more than I saw, but the pictographs in the cave are very faded. Fortunately my iPad was able to capture what my naked eye couldn't see. It would be especially helpful to use binoculars for better viewing. The topography is great tough and nice for photography. I included a few photos for you to enjoy.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I took my elderly mother here thinking that it would be fun, but the attraction is not wheel chair friendly. Even though the tail is paved, the incline was so steep that it was dangerous to push a wheel chair up the path to the cave where the pictographs were. There is a small visitor center that we decided to... More 

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Fergus Falls, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Small site with an interesting hike and self guided interpretive trail. Good for a short trip or break. This can be easily done in 1 hour. Interesting.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to Billings (teen, tween and young elementary along with adults). There is an charge for out of state guests of $6, but it is good all day at all state parks. The drive to park is nice. Lots of hills and rocks. Very pretty. The park itself was a bit of a disappointment. There... More 

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Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We drove here on a sight seeing adventure around Billings. The drive out was pretty with interesting rock formations jutting from the grassy plains and the big sky Montana is known for. The park is small and there is a non-resident fee of $6 good all day at State Parks. We explored the tipi and the interesting bugs on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Caves are interesting to see - uphill walks to each so bring water if it is hot. There are benches in the few shaded areas. Some ranger-led programs are available. Small gift shop. Park is free for Montana cars, out of state visitors pay a fee.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The guy at the visitors center was great. He helped us decide on what to do in Billings also. The Pictographs were not as distinctive as I had hoped they would be, but still a very interesting place to see.

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