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“Great afternoon with the kids”

Pictograph Cave State Park
Ranked #5 of 63 things to do in Billings
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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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Billings, Montana
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great afternoon with the kids”
Reviewed July 11, 2012

We visited a couple of times. There are walking paths that I can get around on (have a muscular disease), have a park ranger there during some of the day in the summer months. Kids of all ages learned a lot and had a good time seeing the history of the area. Only draw back: sometimes there are rattle snakes.

Visited July 2012
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Brooklin, Canada
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great park with excellent facilities and staff.”
Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

- about 6 miles south of town (I-90 lockwood exit)
- good spot for lunch, picnic tables under shade of trees
- washrooms in visitors center 
- short 1/2 hour hike to see two caves

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Ancient Cave Paintings Just Outside the City Limits of Billings, MT”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

The temperature was 97 degrees when we visited the caves in early June, so it was hard to appreciate the uniqueness of the caves and the park. But it is amazing that there are cave paintings so close the the city center. There is also a nice walking trail to the river. However, as the signs warn, "Beware of the Rattlesnakes!"

Visited June 2012
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37 reviews
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“Interesting History”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

Easy Access off off main road. Welcome center rangers were very friendly and welcoming.

Visited June 2012
Thank Doreen J
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Lemoore, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Pretty interesting”
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.

Visited June 2012
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