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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
+1 406-254-7342
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Ranked #9 of 31 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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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Being an archaeologist I was excited to visit this location. Unfortunately the visit was disappointing, and I have no desire to go back. The history is fascinating and the archaeological record is extensive. The pictographs on the other hand are few and a small part of the site. The stop caters to local elementary schools but not adults nor history... More

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It has been 24 years since I was last at the pictograph cave and my husband and I wanted to see the new museum which had been added to the site. I have COPD so the climb to view the actual site was more than I could do in the July heat, but I throughly enjoyed the museum which had... More

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Miami
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The drive out here is worth the trip and it is very close to Billings, so if there is only a couple hours it can be done. There is a nice paved walkway to the cave, but it is uphill. We went on a very hot day--I recommend going at a cooler time of day! There is room for tent... More

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Norman
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Beautiful drive to a nice little park just outside Billings. A short paved trail on a incline takes you around the caves.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We went out there today 7-29-2014. The rangers were friendly and helpful when we asked questions. The visitor center is nice as is the overall setup of this site. From what we could see, it seems pictograph cave is the only cave of the 3 with remaining pictographs; and There are only a few remaining to be seen. The other... More

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richland, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Easy to find caves with very helpful people at visitor center. The photographs even showed up in my photos. Saw lots of bunnies early in the day.

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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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Montgomery, Alabama
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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

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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