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Address: 3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: +1 406-254-7342
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Description: Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for its...
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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Native American history

We found the pictographs difficult to see, but the site shows the length of human habitation in the area. It is one of the few places you can feel a connection to the earliest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you want to walk some trails and get some exercise this place is ok, but as far as what you see it is not very impressive. There are 3 shallow caves (nothing you go inside) and some markings. Most are very faint and you can't see some at all.

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Helena, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Didn't know much about it. Saw sign and decided to stop. Worth the time and effort. Nice interpretive info.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This was amazing to see. We aren't native to Mt but we really enjoyed the history and nature. I would visit again.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

We found the pictographs difficult to see, but the site shows the length of human habitation in the area. It is one of the few places you can feel a connection to the earliest inhabitants, as hunter-gatherers sought to leave the land as they found it, passing through with no trace.

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Denham Springs, Louisiana, Usa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A great looks into the past. Unfortunately there was a rock slide before we went to see the caves and the park had the big caves blocked off. We could see it from a distance and got to walk the trails and see some of the other caves. Time is erasing the cave drawings and the rocks are falling and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

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

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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Address: Address: 3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: +1 406-254-7342
Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Billings
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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