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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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Description: To see images painted up to 2,145 years ago, come visit Pictograph Cave...
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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The pictographs on the cave walls were hard to see because of deteration probabaly caused by polution......

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 9, 2015
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Seffner, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This park only got a 3 out of 5 because I got a chance to walk among nature, otherwise it would have been a 2. The caves are closed. Signs worn about ticks, rattlesnakes, falling rocks, and poison ivy along the trails. The. Visitor center is small and cryptic. If you have to pick and choose between sites, opt to... More 

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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We did not get to experience the whole park/or rather the main pictograph area as that part was closed (I forget why). The rest of the walk around was fun and easy with a paved path most of the way, the rest was gravel. The signs explaining what happened at a few sight seeing points were helpful and interesting. Look... More 

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Seffner, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The pictographs on the cave walls were hard to see because of deteration probabaly caused by polution......

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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

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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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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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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