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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Not too far from Billings, MT. A small visitor center...information available. Friendly Ranger... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shermanmom1
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Pensacola, Florida
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Bring your imagination

Walk takes only ~10 minutes, but only a very small percentage of the "original" drawings are even... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
elbojbb
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NY
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Reviewed 1 week 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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

1  Thank tom m
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Fun place to have a picnic and a short walk. The indian pictographs on the walls are getting faded and hard to see. Expect to see some cottontail rabbits and be on the lookout for rattle snakes. It can be a bit dry and dusty...More

2  Thank Don H
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

The trail isn't well maintained and the brush is growing on the trails and the pictographs are falling off the cave's wall because sandstone is soft rock and the moisture is eroding it. I didn't go to the museum so don't know about that but...More

3  Thank Branden M
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

If you are a big fan of local history, this is cool as you can get right up to the art. It's nothing special though, and fairly boring in my mind. Easy to access.

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Reviewed 20 December 2017

We went late on a Saturday and there were very few people. Climb the trail. See the paintings in one cave and take in the information panels. Walk the trail over to the next cave and more handiwork of the Ancients. Great "Big Sky" picture...More

2  Thank Boilrmkr
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

You should definitely see! It may not be a huge hike, however it has a lot of history and it's very interesting.

Thank Alice i
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

Pack some water and comfortable shoes; the walk up is quite steep but super quick. It doesn't take very long to walk through the whole thing. The drawings on the caves are ber faded so don't get your hopes up for seeing a ton of...More

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Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

This place definitely blew me away. Me and my friend decided to spend 30 minutes to an hour to check out this state park. We were there for 3 hours! The views are absolutely breathtaking. The pictographs themselves are rather faded and hard to see;...More

Thank Dillon G
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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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Response from mtendo |
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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