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Pictograph Cave State Park

Address: 3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: +1 406-254-7342
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Ranked #6 of 25 Attractions in Billings
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: To see images painted up to 2,145 years ago, come visit Pictograph Cave State Park. Learn about...
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Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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English first
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A quiet oasis in a beautiful little valley containing a cave containing many pictographs including one of the first depictions of rifles along with shield warrior, bears and deer and around 30,000 artifacts have been found and a number of grave sites. The paths to main cave are very good and accessable by all. But there is a dirt track... More 

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Stevensville, Montana
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5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

A nice mellow trail up to the pictographs and most of them visible. The fact that you can see some of the images so well after so long is amazing, I think the distance to protect them is what hurts visibility. I see people saying to bring binoculars, that's a good idea but won't hurt the experience without. The trail... More 

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Billings, Montana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

How could anyone rate a piece of posterity like this. My schoolmates and I would go here on field trips often.

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Billings, Montana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A lovely ride out to the cave and so close to town! Bring binoculars so you can see the pictographs up close.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Fascinating exploring the history of the area surrounding Billings, MT. Realizing how long people had inhabited the area. Most of the trail is an easy walk. Great picnic area also. There were also lots of cottontail bunnies.

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Did this as an afternoon event and it was worth the trip. There are multiple caves that have Pictographs some dating back 9000 years. The visitor center was very friendly and informative. There is a self guided tour and a small gift shop. I picked up a hat. The grounds are outstanding and the history more than a little awe... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I took my Grand daughters ( ages 2, 4, and 8 ) here to experience nature. We had a picnic and then hiked for two hours. They all had a fantastic time. There is no playground but plenty of low hanging branches on trees for climbing in the picnic area, which they loved, including the 2 year old. A porta... More 

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Wainwright, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We spent about an hour on our self-guided tour at a cost of $5. The park supervisor explained how people of ancient times would travel through the area to hunt or gather plant material for food or medicinal purposes and would use the caves as shelter during these trips. The scenery surrounding the area is just spectacular and very interesting... More 

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Falls Church, VA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The actual site was more interesting than the pictographs. You could only see one small part of one of them still in place. We didn't have time to see the Visitor's center as it had just closed when we arrived. That might have helped. But there was really nothing much left although the site was very interesting and reminded me... More 

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charlotte, NC
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66 reviews 66 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you are already in the area, this is an interesting diversion for thirty minutes or so. There is a $5 charge and not much to see. I would not go out of my way to see this again, but it was fine for a one stop visit.

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