Ranked #9 of 28 attractions in Billings
Category: Historic Sites; State Parks; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Visit Pictograph Cave State Park to see images painted up to 2,145 years ago and learn about the artifacts left behind for...
Visit Pictograph Cave State Park to see images painted up to 2,145 years ago and learn about the artifacts left behind for over 4,500 years. This 23 acre park features walking trails, an air conditioned visitors center, picnic grounds and museum displays; everything you need for a fun and educational get away! This special place is a site of spirit writing. For the entire time people have been painting the walls of this cave, insoluble minerals have been carried by the rain water and deposited on the surface of the cave. When heavy rains come through, the water percolates through the sandstone and lifts the veil of minerals. While on a dry day you may see 10-15 pictographs, on very wet ones, 30-40 images seem to appear directly from the rock. The Crow people say these images are drawn by the spirits, and whichever ones you see are meant to give you a personal message.