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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
+1 406-254-7342
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Ranked #10 of 30 attractions in Billings
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: To see images painted up to 2,145 years ago, come visit Pictograph Cave State Park. Learn about artifacts left behind for over 4,500 years. This 23... more » Owner description: To see images painted up to 2,145 years ago, come visit Pictograph Cave State Park. Learn about 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. Over the course of time, soluble minerals carried by rain water have leached through the rock and slowly built up on the back wall where the rock art was created. When heavy rains or snowmelt percolates through the sandstone and the wall is saturated, that veil of minerals will lift (becomes transparent). While on a dry day you may see 10-15 pictographs, on very wet ones, 30-40 images may appear in much more detail directly from the rock. The Crow people say 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. « less
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Billings, Montana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

its like a hound looking for prey when we arrive there we were approach and told we had a fee to pay for parking there since we were using son car and it had south dakota plates we informed them of this and still had to pay we are residents of Montana walk in to ask question there were 5... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

While living in the Billings area, we visited pictograph caves several times. It's a short hike/walk and would be enjoyable for anyone. The trail has resting points along the way. There are three caves to view, with one having the actual pictographs. This is worth the time to go see and the short drive in is lovely too. Be sure... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Historically cool but the faded out photos are tough to see. Nice building, knowledgeable staff, enjoyable walk and a nice way to spend some time.

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Butte, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Very hot day with a very long walk to the cave. The visitor's center was very informative and had fun stuff for the kids. The kids liked looking for all the different animals.

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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

very interesting place enjoyed by my wife more than me but a place worth visiting as a historical site, Good facilities and knowledgeable staff

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Arapaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Going to the park is a nice drive and a great place to take a short walk. The Pictographs are a little hard to see but considering their age we were surprised you could still see them, take a small pair of binoculars.

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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

While the info center is new and nice the pictographs are very hard to see and the trails are usually closed. Back when I was a kid you could get much closer and actually see what they were.

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Billings, Montana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We live in Billings, so grew up having this gem in our back yard so to speak. It has come quite a way in it's development as a State Park with picnic tables, bathrooms and education center and gift shop. When I took my grandkids a year ago my grand-daughter (5 years) remarked after looking at the ancient drawings, "them... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Although PICTOGRAPH CAVE STATE PARK does not fall into the MUST SEE category, it definitely is worth a visit if you have the time. It’s a pleasant, peaceful drive from Billings. As other reviewers have stated, the pictographs can be an immense disappointment if you are not prepared. It definitely is not worth the time or effort to visit the... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I've been here twice and really like it. They have a great little visitors center (very new) that includes a little gift shop for your souvenir shoppers, very pleasant and knowledgeable interpretive staff, and the upkeep on the grounds is excellent. Some of the trails are paved (if you have walking issues be forewarned- you gotta go UP to get... More

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