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Address: 3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
Phone Number: +1 406-254-7342
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 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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Fun & educational close to Billings

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Warren, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As with many things in Montana, this state park is at the end of a long and winding dead end road. You have to make a point of visiting as it is not on the way wo anywhere. That being said, it is worth the trip. Considering the type of soft rock found in this part of the country, it... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love going here with family from out of town! It's a nice walk, interesting history, well-kept park. There is picnic area, so take a lunch and the kids for a great outdoors meal.

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Englewood, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a long walk on a hot day to get to the caves. We were a little disappointed by how faded and hard to see he pictographs were.

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Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expect to walk, a LOT! but it is very neat to see. Maybe not go in the middle of summer as it can get very very hot

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Rogers, AR
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were short on time, but drove to the State Park any way, The drive to the park was very enjoyable. The next time, I am here I will plan a couple of hours to hike and enjoy the park. From what I could see the hiking would be stimulating and very interesting.

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Casper, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The history of this site is very ordinary. I am sure there are many, many, many sites like this in North America. The difference is that this one is fairly accessible. (The trail to the main cave is paved, and a little steep in spots.) Unfortunately many of the petroglyphs are fading, but what is visible is incredibly special. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting caves and museum. The little kids just wanted to climb and were bored but the big kids and adults enjoyed looking. Worth a stop off in Billings... Unique and interesting.

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