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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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It was not at exciting as I thought it would be

Pack some water and comfortable shoes; the walk up is quite steep but super quick. It doesn't take... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Billings, Montana
Incredible views!

This place definitely blew me away. Me and my friend decided to spend 30 minutes to an hour to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dillon G
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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 days ago

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 5 days ago 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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We visited when it was 92 degrees, don't recommend it. We enjoyed seeing the pictographs but there really isn't much to see. The museum had some really good information and pictures. Would be interesting if they kept on excavating. Was worth the drive.

1  Thank Marti M
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a great place to bring your family and experience a little nature and history. Wonderful picnic area and clean grounds.

1  Thank honest1985
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We went here while in Billings recently. It is a short drive from the city. There is a nice little center,there with artifacts and a small gift shop. There are picnic areas and a restroom. There is a short loop trail that leads to the...More

1  Thank Topsailpinky
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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