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Address: 3401 Coburn Road, Billings, MT 59101
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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My family & I went to view the Pictograph cave. It was in July at 4:30 in the afternoon and the heat was incredible. I was glad we climbed up to see the cave, although the only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Orlando, Florida
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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I didn't have much time to explore but was so pleased when a client referred this park to me. Only a few minutes from downtown Billings, this park offers it's visitors prehistoric view of the past. It is a beautiful setting with signs of our ancestors, predecessors inhabiting the area through several ages. It is a very interesting and beautiful... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Nice walk in front of the caves but the pictographs are hard to see. OK if you have time to kill but better pictographs in the country. Visitor center told a better story than the caves.

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Dresden, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The paths are nice and easy to walk. The "cave" drawings are really difficult to make out. The red ones are pretty easy though. This is a very quick drive from Billings. Out of staters cost $6, only free for Montana residents.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My family & I went to view the Pictograph cave. It was in July at 4:30 in the afternoon and the heat was incredible. I was glad we climbed up to see the cave, although the only pictographs I could distinguish were done in red. It was nice that they had a panel in front of the cave with the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting piece of history. The trail guide that you get from the visitor's center explains everything you see along the trail. The pictographs are interesting and the artifacts in the visitor's center are worthwhile to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just outside Billings on the south, this state park is a fascinating part of native american history. The visitor center is modern and informative with good displays. The caves are picturesque, with ancient Indian pictographs that, although faint, can be seen with the help of great reproductions right in front of them. The caves themselves are not very handicapped accessible;... More 

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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Less than half an hour from Billings is a special Native American site. Pictograph Cave is a 23-acre park 5 miles south of Billings. The park includes three shallow caves excavated beginning about 1937. Pictographs, though faded, are visible in the largest cave. The pictographs were made between 200 and 2,100 years ago. The pictograph of a turtle was radio-carbon... More 

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an interesting brief excursion to make if you go with low expectations. Quick uphill walks to see a few fading pictographs which look like the prehistoric version of graffiti (red stick figures). Fun to imagine life here eons ago. Striking cliffs on a blue sky day, a tepee, and many rabbits! Kids would probably like running around here.

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Shaunavon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted something to do outdoors and physical....got more than we wanted at this stop! Great photos, a walk on a beautiful day and some conversation with the great staff at the park!

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Blacksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an interesting site and well explained by the signs and brochure. READ THEM. However, on most days it is difficult to see many pictographs. Only if the rock is saturated with moisture will most of the images be visible. We found that using a camera with a strong zoom let us see images much better. Try binoculars also.... More 

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