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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
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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Caves are interesting to see - uphill walks to each so bring water if it is hot. There are benches in the few shaded areas. Some ranger-led programs are available. Small gift... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Burlington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We drove here on a sight seeing adventure around Billings. The drive out was pretty with interesting rock formations jutting from the grassy plains and the big sky Montana is known for. The park is small and there is a non-resident fee of $6 good all day at State Parks. We explored the tipi and the interesting bugs on the... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Caves are interesting to see - uphill walks to each so bring water if it is hot. There are benches in the few shaded areas. Some ranger-led programs are available. Small gift shop. Park is free for Montana cars, out of state visitors pay a fee.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The guy at the visitors center was great. He helped us decide on what to do in Billings also. The Pictographs were not as distinctive as I had hoped they would be, but still a very interesting place to see.

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Pipestone, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Small state park just outside of Billings with a couple of caves with cave art. Short hike, interesting artifacts, and we saw mule deer on the drive in.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Loved it...but forgot the tennis shoes. Had sandals on! We also forgot our water bottles but the visitor center had cold water in their fountain. We loved the walk and the shade and benches along the way.

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Yorba Linda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We found this purely by accident (sign on I-90). The setting is very picturesque and worth the short drive from the freeway. The pictographs are very faded due to age but it is still worth it.

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Glendive, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We live next to Makoshika Park (Montana's largest State Park) and thus we are very used to visiting State Parks. We tried to visit Pictograph Caves on Friday evening, July 3rd. We drove out there and found out that the Park closes at 7 PM. We go to Billings all the time and had looked at the signs along the... More 

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Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Lots of history here. Something you might want to take in before its gone. The walk is a bit of a workout, but its worth seeing.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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 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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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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