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“Worth a side trip from Billings”

Pompeys Pillar National Monument
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Worth a side trip from Billings”
Reviewed July 26, 2012

There's a fee to enter the grounds with your car. Visitor Center is big, has a small museum with a recurring film about the Lewis and Clark journey. Gift shop is big and well stocked. Rangers and staff all friendly. Bathrooms were clean and well maintained. The whole visitor center is actually quite nice.

Pompeys Pillar itself isn't the largest or most impressive rock (but beats the heck out of Plymouth Rock which is so disappointing). The park service has built an entire walk way of stairs which makes to very easy to walk up to the engraved signatuve of William Clark and even to the top of the rock. You get a great view of the surrounding area from the top. If you have trouble walking steps, then it may be a bit toomuch for you, but it makes the trip so much easier. It's not wheel chair accessible (nor could it be as its a rock and not a building). Don't be one of the clueless people that tries to bring a stroller only to realize you should have carried you baby or not subjected them in the first place to attempting to climb a rock (even though it has steps).

Visited July 2012
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best historical attraction near Billings.”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

The movie, displays, grounds, facilities, and Clark's signature are all well preserved and presented.

Visited July 2012
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Level 6 Contributor
372 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“New visitors center”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

They are really trying to improve this attraction but there really isn't much out there to do. I think all the new improvements will greatly enhance our next visit.

Visited August 2011
Thank Jim C
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Modesto, California
Level 6 Contributor
578 reviews
253 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 542 helpful votes
“Interesting and Beautiful Stop”
Reviewed June 16, 2012

Visited the monument while traveling through Eastern Montana. There is an entrance fee per vehicle. Enjoyed walking up the stairs to see Clark's signature and also for the views at the top of the Yellowstone River, cottonwood trees and valleys below. The visitor center is in a beautiful building and has a nice film and some interesting exhibits, much of them centered around William Clark of the Lewis and Clark exhibition. We did not spend much time at the visitor center though. We probably spent the bulk of the time birdwatching amongst the many large beautiful cottonwoods that line the Yellowstone River and create a very nice park setting in the monument. There are some picnic tables and places to sit as well. This is an excellent place to see birds and as a birder, I enjoyed seeing a few new birds to add to my lifelist as well as others I was familiar with. I would recommend this monument for the history, beautiful setting and birdwatching.

Visited May 2012
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Seattle, Washington, United States
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Even worth an off-season 1/2 mile stroll in from the locked gate.”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

If the gate is locked in the off season it's worth while to get out and walk the 1/2 mile in. Lovely and peaceful when the center is closed and you can have it all to yourselves. I was with two 8-year-old boys who found the interpretive signs interesting and also were interested in the many signatures in addition to William Clarks that dated from the 1940s and earlier. I wish the bronze signs hadn't been placed on the rock right next to Clark's signature, or that the glass covering wasn't necessary to protect the signature. Be prepared for it to have a big metal frame around it. Tourist pictures we saw when preparing to visit didn't show the glass and frame so it was a bit of a "uh" moment rather than "Ahhhhh!" TIP: There are stairs to the signature with no elevator option. They're steep, especially if you're a lowlander like me, so bring water.

Visited April 2012
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