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Address: 3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
Phone Number: +1 406-254-7342
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Wed - Sun 9:00 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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Watch out for rattlesnakes!

Yes, there are lots of snakes at Pictograph Cave, although the walkways will be shut down if there are too many. If you enjoy archaeology, you will like it here. There is an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Laurel, Montana
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Laurel, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, there are lots of snakes at Pictograph Cave, although the walkways will be shut down if there are too many. If you enjoy archaeology, you will like it here. There is an interpretive center, and everyone working there are very helpful. Also, there is a lovely shaded picnic area.

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The colors have deteriorated so badly it is very difficult to see the "pictures". A lot of imagination and they are there. Apparently it depends on the time of the year you visit.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016 via mobile

It was ok,took my parents not knowing how much walking there would be. Will have to go back by myself. The little I did see was ok.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Family experience with history component. Able to see the pictographs. Kids loved being able to "find" the different pictures.

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Olathe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

This is a fun state park to visit so be sure and make the short drive to see it when you visit Billings, MT The caves are very close to the visitors center so not a strenuous hike at all. Lots of informational placards throughout telling you about the caves, the area and it's history! Well worth an hour or... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

The site includes 3 caves, reached by a short walk. Native Americans visited the site and drew pictographs for approximately 9,000 years. It's very interesting--start in the visitor center which has good interpretive material about both the pictographs and the archaeological excavations done here. The pictographs are, unfortunately, fading due in part to natural forces and the ravages of time,... More 

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

The pictograph caves depict writings and drawings of Native Americans within the area. This is a beautiful area, it has multiple caves all of which are a hike to get to. This area is perfect to visit for a few hours, pack up the family and a lunch and prepare to view spectacular nature, landscapes and a great form of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

This is a really cool spot outside Billings, but heed the sign at the beginning telling you to bring binoculars. You can't get close enough to the actual pictographs to see much of anything. If you're stopping in Billings anyway and have some time to kill, it's a nice spot to get outside and walk around. I wouldn't make it... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

It's a nice little park, just outside of Billings, if you need to burn an hour or so but the pictographs were barely visible and only a couple at that. Nice place for a picnic in the hills.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

It was a nice day so decided to stop here. The caves are really outside caves. The pictograph is hard to see and are fading fast. It was ok nothing spectacular.

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