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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 29 attractions in Billings
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Sydney Australia
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337 reviews 337 reviews
184 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I was sad more then disappointed ! The place is still worth a visit but sadly the 'Pictographs' have seen much better days and with the combination of weathering , earlier vandalism and father time their days are numbered. As a State Park our US NP Pass didn't work but the fee was minor and it was a pleasant ,... More

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Billings
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There is a nice trail and pleasent picnicking area, but the actual caves and pictures are a bit underwhelming. Because of the nature of the caves, and vandals, one can hardly see any recognizable paintings.

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Vancouver, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Went up to the park to do some hiking and found I had to pay for parking because I was out of state (no big deal). The park was keep in very good shape. I was expecting some longer hikes! Did not find any. Very short stay. Pictographs were very hard to make out.

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Havre
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Loved this place, what a wealth of information!! Visitor Center is a must see to gather all the information! Well preserved, well done. Would love to go again!

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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24 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The park is beautifully maintained, the staff is helpful, and the information provided in the center and along the trails is very interesting. Unfortunately, the pictographs are very faded. Only the flyer provided and the signs make it possible to make sense of them. Beautiful scenery.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

My boyfriend and I loved our visit to this park. The grounds are well-maintained and there are signs in the caves that teach you a lot about the pictographs and the people that drew them. The staff at the visitor's center were very friendly and informative. I left in awe of the history in Montana. Very cool!

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Petal, Mississippi
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The Pictograph Caves are well worth a side trip out of Billings. Some of the art is at least 2000 years old. A very short & easy drive to Colburn Road.

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Sydney, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The site is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Billings and the Rangers close the gates at 6pm sharp in September. We got there late in the day and they were shutting the visitor centre so we didn't get a chance to look at the detailed history. However the storyboards around the walking track give you a good flavour... More

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is a place I love to take visitors. Though it's hard to see the pictographs in the cave, it's awesome to be able to see what you can. Excellent educational materials in the visitor center, and pleasant trails up to the caves. Turn around and look back for the view.

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Hartford, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Most of the pictographs have faded away. If this is your first visit to such a spot, it might be okay. But if you've been to other such sites, you can probably skip this one.

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