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“A nice little park”

Pictograph Cave State Park
Ranked #4 of 68 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 August 9, 2014

Beautiful drive to a nice little park just outside Billings. A short paved trail on a incline takes you around the caves.

Thank Arvabat
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Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We went out there today 7-29-2014. The rangers were friendly and helpful when we asked questions. The visitor center is nice as is the overall setup of this site. From what we could see, it seems pictograph cave is the only cave of the 3 with remaining pictographs; and There are only a few remaining to be seen. The other two are less of a cave and more of an indentation in the rim rock. Note that visitors are not allowed into the "caves". This is where binoculars become important.

I was glad I borrowed my dad's car with MTplates as I would have been disappointed if I'd had to pay the entrance fee. It seems the destination is geared more toward educating the public as to why such a site should be preserved, and what it might have looked like years ago.

1  Thank Amber D
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Easy to find caves with very helpful people at visitor center. The photographs even showed up in my photos. Saw lots of bunnies early in the day.

Thank ljlsparkle5197
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Reviewed July 23, 2014

its like a hound looking for prey when we arrive there we were approach and told we had a fee to pay for parking there since we were using son car and it had south dakota plates we informed them of this and still had to pay we are residents of Montana walk in to ask question there were 5 park rangers sitting inside wasn't impressed. park was very nice but service there needs improvements as a veteran there's no respect there.

Thank Jose J
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

While living in the Billings area, we visited pictograph caves several times. It's a short hike/walk and would be enjoyable for anyone. The trail has resting points along the way. There are three caves to view, with one having the actual pictographs. This is worth the time to go see and the short drive in is lovely too. Be sure to bring your camera and perhaps binoculars as well.

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