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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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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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A plce to reflect and enjoy

A remarkable place of history. Great place for a picnic. Go to the calender for learning events. Wheelchair accessible the paths are nicely paved. A little bit of a hike to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Michelle R
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Billings, Montana, United States
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great place to explore the archeology of Yellowstone County and have a nice little hike. I take all of my family there. I love the views.

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Billings, Montana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A remarkable place of history. Great place for a picnic. Go to the calender for learning events. Wheelchair accessible the paths are nicely paved. A little bit of a hike to the caves, but it is beautiful there.

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Thank Michelle R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

I remember coming here when I was younger ....they have made the place really user friendly ....but the vandals have really destroyed alot of the artwork

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Ann Arbor, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

If this small, well maintained park and museum were further from the interstate, it might be less appealing but it is so easy to get to that it makes a great way to break up the long haul through Montana. The geological formation itself is well worth the 5 minute walk from the parking area but the chance to see... More 

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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

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 November 7, 2015 via mobile

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.

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Kennewick, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 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 

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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!! !

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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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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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.

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