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Pictograph Cave State Park
Ranked #4 of 66 things to do in Billings
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for its importance to Northern Plains Archaeology. Come learn about the rock art and artifacts found here dating thousands of years old. This 23 acre park features walking trails, stunning scenery, a green-design visitor's center, picnic grounds, museum displays, everything you need for a fun and educational visit! The site is well-known for its' spirit writing. Soluble minerals leach through the sandstone veiling the rock art, but when the wall becomes wet on rare instances, that veil of minerals will lift (becomes transparent) revealing what is hidden beneath. On a dry day you may see 5-9 pictographs, but on the brief, wet occurrences, 10-15 more images may appear in better 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 foretell future events.
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

$5 a car to visit if you're not a Montana resident. Big caves with some very faint remnants of pictographsleft behind. I actually though some of the red was from vandals. Interesting if you're close by, but don't go out of your way. Also, it's about 6 miles off the main highway.

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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We had some friends in town and thought this would be a neat thing to see. Unfortunately the park is tiny, and it really isn't much of a hike at all! I would bring a lunch next time and just picnic. We had teenagers and they were bored in about ten minutes.

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

Unfortunately I have to agree with some of the other reviewers about the ability to see these pictographs....very difficult to see them. I will say though that the staff was very nice and did point out to my wife and I beforehand that the pictographs on the wall of the cave were VERY faded. We decided to take a look nonetheless. You have to really strain your eyes to see them. At least, we were warned. The museum exhibits were very nicely done.

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

I was lucky enough to go on a day when it was not very crowded and I was mostly by myself while looking at the caves. You park and (if you don't live in Montana) you pay $5 (per car) to get a ticket. Leave it in your windshield. There are a few caves to visit and different stopping points along the way - pick up the brochure in the center: It gives you a little info-bite to read at each stopping point. You can learn a lot about the land, plants and about the Indians who used the caves. Going to the main cave is a bit of let-down: The pictographs are barely visible anymore. But, using your imagination, you can pretend that you're back in time. It's really cool. It's a close trip from Billings - took me about 20 minutes from downtown. And the drive to the pictograph caves is pictureseque too. I think it's mostly wheelchair accessible, although there may be some parts that a wheelchair cannot get to.

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Reviewed February 22, 2012

Off season, great historic information. It is great to walk through and decipher the pictographs and images of times gone by. It was sad to see the erosion and possible vandalism. Nice it was open on a Sunday for the family.

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