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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Visiting from the UK, a very interesting place to go and visit, our 13 year old American niece had... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Demic60
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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SO worth going to!

This place was truly fascinating. It was drizzly the day we were there, and it's only a 3/4 mile... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
SpiritLilly
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Georgetown, California
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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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“visitor center” (24 reviews)
“short hike” (11 reviews)
“close to town” (5 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visiting from the UK, a very interesting place to go and visit, our 13 year old American niece had been once with her school and found it fascinating, you need binoculars or at least a 300mm zoom lens to take photographs of the pictographs, which...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This place was truly fascinating. It was drizzly the day we were there, and it's only a 3/4 mile hike up to the Ghost Cave - but just a wonderfully fascinating exhibit. Dogs are welcome on leashes (and do keep them on leashes!) and the...More

Thank SpiritLilly
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Kind of out of the way but a good afternoon walk just to see these caves, additional caves on the crow Indian reservation are the big ice cave and little ice caves, but brieng own water and lunck.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was fun to visit even though you can't see much of the drawings anymore. A pleasant walk and interesting. Very hot, go early in the morning.

Thank Gay B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While it is regrettably difficult to see most of the drawings now, the excellent staff and visitor center helped us envision what it must have been like to see them in all their glory. This spot has been visited by Native Americans for hundreds, possibly...More

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Pictograph C, Park Ranger at Pictograph Cave State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting our park and for posting this nice review. The staff here does their best to maintain the park and provide the best experience possible. We are humble servants to the history, landscape and environment that our small park provides and we are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a beautiful stroll for grandparents with teenagers; we all loved the experience. The rocks were beautiful and the carvings were interesting.

Thank p d
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a interesting walk and neat to see the caves, unfortunately you cant see much of the drawings but they show what was there, pretty neat to see and understand why people would live in that area during primative times

Thank Jeff S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not too far from Billings, MT. A small visitor center...information available. Friendly Ranger. Trail to the caves is upslope but paved. Pictopgraphs are more of a suggestion than anything that can be readily discerned. Still worth the visit. Nice shaded area for picnic lunch.

Thank Shermanmom1
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

Walk takes only ~10 minutes, but only a very small percentage of the "original" drawings are even visible. Get there before they all disappear.

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The park is very interesting. Although most of the pictographs are too faded to see, the accompanying information really brings it to life. The areas of the park is also fun to explore. The arid climate has prickly pear cactus and yucca plants. I've seen...More

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janknat
13 March 2018|
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Response from egall467 |
It’s a great short stop. We were there for 45 minutes. Good stretch of the legs and potty break. A one of a kind experience. Don’t miss!
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TeamDC2
21 June 2017|
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Response from Stephen M L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can easily push a stroller up to the caves (or grotto), but you can't really travel onto the side trails. Too ruff and unimproved at this point in time.
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Bobbi S
9 June 2017|
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From the parking lot area to the caves is a moderate to steep incline in elevation. About a five minute walk. The path up to the caves proper, are improved concrete sidewalks amenable to the use of a wheelchair. A few side... More
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