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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for...

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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Historial Cave

Indian painting in the cave. Nice place to have a picnic. Very primitive. Old ceremonial grounds. Great place to see the way they lived.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Oscar B
Billings, Montana
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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Indian painting in the cave. Nice place to have a picnic. Very primitive. Old ceremonial grounds. Great place to see the way they lived.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pictures have been long covered up by mineralization, few stand out but to be where history tried to be shared for our next generation.

Thank A C
Kennewick, Washington
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a quick scenic drive from Billings. So glad we went. There is a greeter inside the visitors building who was very knowledgeable and friendly. We also spent a few minutes talking to the Park Ranger who was also kind and full of fun facts. There is a very easy walking trail to one of the caves with benches... More 

Thank cougalumni
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

A bit of climb but neat when you get to see the pictographs and read the history very informative watch for snakes!! !

Thank Anita P
Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Beautiful little state park right outside Billings. Lots of interesting historical information for all you history buffs. Fall is a amazing time to visit. The actual pictographs are a bit difficult to identify but still worth the visit. Nice walking exercise.

Thank Sam M
Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Was OK to see once but not like the pictographs we have in Arizona. You had to really look hard and refer to a enhanced picture to see most of them. Limestone is making it fall away/fade and will not be much soon to it. Walk able steep pathways all around. I went on light rain day.

Thank jrleen
Salt Lake, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

An interesting place to spend an afternoon. If you are traveling with kids then this is a great stop. It is an easy walk to the cave and there are places to picnic. There is a small fee. It is an easy drive just outside town. The pictographs are an interesting part of western history.

Thank beachbird123
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This pictograph Cave is close to Billings and worth a stop. It is very well laid out with good trails and great view of the pictographs. Worth stopping to see.

Thank D5862UQtomh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

We had a great time. Interpretative center was informative and we spoke with a wonderful employee who told us to come back in the winter because sometimes the pictographs show up better when the rocks are wet. We did see two snakes. Not my favorite, but to be expected considering the environment.

Thank Kelsey M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Beautiful ride to get to the park. Inside park exhibit interesting. Nice to be able to see 2000 year old pictographs fairly close, however, because they are so old and fragile, the actual pictographs are difficult to pick out on the cave walls. Posted park explanations help some. Still an awesome exhibit.

Thank wgmiller

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