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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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Nice walk

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
janet201413
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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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Brevard, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What they don't tell you is that the pictographs are only in one cave....It is an up hill walk, not too hard. The pictographs are hard to see unless you have Binos. If you have time to kill do it.

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 689 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It isn't that the pictographs are that far away, but many are difficult to discern without some visual assistance as they are old, faint, and sometimes damaged. Sometimes the cave rock falls (What were those wacky paleo-Indians thinking, putting pictographs on sandstone?). There are also excellent displays in the visitor center, discussing the estimated 30,000 artifacts found in the caves.... More 

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here on our way across America. It was quite a walk up to the caves. I don't have much of an imagination. I am sure there were some pictographs there, but I could not see them. Sorry! I tried!

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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice get away close to Billings. We were there in the spring when there were only a few other people around. It is not commercial but historical. I found it to be very interesting. The roads to it are paved. The walk to the site from the parking lot is fairly easy.

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Central Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Short drive south of Billings brings one to this nice park that offers visitors an opportunity to see first hand some of the ancient history of the U.S. Nice concrete walkway up to the main cave of reasonably short length but portions are somewhat steep however there are handrails. Worth the time and effort.

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun and interesting place. A lot of history here.Nice walking trail to the caves. Easy to get to,beutiful scenery.

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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pictograph Cave is a 23-acre area with 3 caves located 5 miles south of Billings, MT. Modern visitor center. Shady picnic area adjacent to parking. Nice concrete walk from parking area to Pictograph Cave. Gravel walk to Ghost Cave. Unmaintained to Middle Cave. Educational boards & exhibits about Native American history. Free entrance on Montana license plates.

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Took a detour here but not really worthwhile. You can hardly see the pictographs. Disappointing after you've seen some good ones!

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Pictograph Cave State Park is located a bit off of I-90 outside of Billings and is worth the trip. The visitors center has a nice display before you walk up the trail to the Pictograph Cave. The pictograph images can be hard to see, but give your eyes time to focus. Middle Cave and Ghost cave are also worth visiting,... More 

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