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“Interesting and a very pleasant outdoor experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pictograph Cave State Park

Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
+1 406-254-7342
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Ranked #9 of 65 things to do in Billings
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Owner description: 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.
Billings, Montana
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“Interesting and a very pleasant outdoor experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

There's quite a bit of walking but on a nice summer day it is well worth it. Much to see and learn with beautiful views to boot!

Visited August 2012
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“Historical site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Easy access, great educational historical/information, Native American, for anyone especially with children when visiting the Billings area.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice walk and picnic spot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The visitor's Center has been upgraded and the host is very helpful. It is a scenic walk around the caves that is moderately uphill, but fairly short. The cave drawings are getting harder to see from erosion, so the sooner you can go, the better. Bring a snack and hang out by the picnic tables for a bit. Kids or all ages love the echoes from there. There is no fee if you have Montana license plates.

Visited September 2012
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“Walk through the park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a small state park, established to preserve the pictographs at the site. It has a new visitors center with drinking water and restrooms. There is a moderate distance walk, so it is better to go when the temperature is not too hot. It is definitely a place where you have to get out of your car to see anything. I like going up there because it is close to town and relaxing. I am not sure, but I think there is a fee for those who have not paid for annual entrance to all state parks.

Visited May 2013
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“Hidden - Forgotten - Neat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Yes, take the road right before the gas station and keep going all the way to the end. There are not many signs to say "keep going you are almost there" But if you stay on the paved road, its the end of the road. It is a slight, short, upward walk but not very far at all to reach the caves, DO NOT WEAR FLIP FLOPS!! The second half of the hike is gravel paths. I would strongly recommend going before they are completely gone!! Nice place to picinic!!

Visited July 2013
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