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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Nothing special here

If you are a big fan of local history, this is cool as you can get right up to the art. It's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Billings, Montana
A good short hike with interesting views

We went late on a Saturday and there were very few people. Climb the trail. See the paintings in... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Moultrie, Georgia
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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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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank sixty7gt500
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank Boilrmkr
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
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

Thank Mrs_Phil2000
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
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Easy hike around to the different caves. My grandsons loved it. The visitor center was very educational.

Thank rubycp
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The park is short drive from Billings on paved road and country side is scenic. The drawings in the caves are fading with time but the site provides some interesting history. The trail thru the park is fairly short so does not take a lot...More

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 7 October 2017

There is a paved trail to the main cave and a gravel path to the two other caves. There is a fairly steep climb to the caves but I am 63 years old with a bad knee and made it. As with other cave art,...More

Thank Debby H
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Nice little state park. They have a mostly paved path that you can get out and walk up to the caves.

Thank judysG3307ID
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We did not have a lot of time but really enjoyed this with our young children. The loop was not long, but was an enjoyable walk. Great exercise, but not for people who are not sure footed. The pictographs were amazing to see and educational...More

Thank muggsygal
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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.
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
Behroze K
16 April 2016|
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Response from Angela Z | Reviewed this property |
Hello, As of March 2016 I believe it was $6 per car for out-of-state visitors and free for Colorado residents. They do have set hours that coincide roughly with the hours that it's daylight. We were there on a Sunday and... More