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Address: 3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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+1 406-254-7342
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for its...

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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Great Low Cost Connection to the Past

My family stopped here for a short visit during a road trip. The weather was a bit drizzly, but we still enjoyed the hike to the main cave. It's hard to see much of the actual... read more

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Puyallup, Washington
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Puyallup, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My family stopped here for a short visit during a road trip. The weather was a bit drizzly, but we still enjoyed the hike to the main cave. It's hard to see much of the actual pictographs, but the park office has a replica that makes it easier to imagine what they looked like. All in all, a fascinating look... More 

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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had a nice time visiting the caves and looking at a little bit of history. This is very wheelchair accessible and in the summertime a nice place to take kids for lunch.

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Thank chrisann2
Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had't been out to the Pictograph Caves for many years and was so sad to see how much they have faded with exposure. But the Visitor Center is a helpful and informative addition. Walk along the trail under the cliffs, enjoy the little valley and it's views, lunch at a picnic site near the teepee. Often a quiet place,... More 

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Thank Liz H
Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been coming here for years and really enjoy the improvements made recently. It is getting increasingly difficult to see the pictographs, so newcomers should go to the new interpretive center first. This IS rattlesnake country so be snake aware and you will be fine. If you are not used to this, consult a Ranger to become snake aware;... More 

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Thank 4mary13
Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not so much an "attraction" as a site of historic significance and insight to past history. We have been there many times with friends who are visiting the area over the years and the facility has greatly improved. Now there is a small center in the summer months to explain the significance of the area. It is not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

A nice quiet place to reflect paths are wide and smooth a lot of wildlife in the area including mule deer, rabbits, hawks, falcons, bald eagles and great horned owl. The pictographs are very interesting. I am told by another visitor that there are many sites like this in the area as well as great fishing. I will be exploring... More 

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Thank Tim Z
Laurel, Montana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Yes, there are lots of snakes at Pictograph Cave, although the walkways will be shut down if there are too many. If you enjoy archaeology, you will like it here. There is an interpretive center, and everyone working there are very helpful. Also, there is a lovely shaded picnic area.

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Sheridan, Wyoming
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The colors have deteriorated so badly it is very difficult to see the "pictures". A lot of imagination and they are there. Apparently it depends on the time of the year you visit.

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It was ok,took my parents not knowing how much walking there would be. Will have to go back by myself. The little I did see was ok.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Family experience with history component. Able to see the pictographs. Kids loved being able to "find" the different pictures.

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