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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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A window on the past

Hard to see the pictographs in the caves (binoculars help!), but the interpretive signs, docent... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Shann E
San Jose, CA

About 5 miles off main highway. A bit disappointing as the images were very faint and most could... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Dianne S
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Hard to see the pictographs in the caves (binoculars help!), but the interpretive signs, docent, and visitor center were helpful in deciphering the faint outlines and understanding what we were looking at. It was definitely worth a visit and the glimpse into the past the...More

Thank Shann E
Reviewed 5 days ago

About 5 miles off main highway. A bit disappointing as the images were very faint and most could not be seen anymore. Quite steep paths with gravel on most. $6.00 charge for out of state cars

Thank Dianne S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My buddy and I got the chance to hike around the caves and see the pictographs and we couldn't help but be in awe of such awesome history in front of us and how it has remained for thousands of years. Even on a hot...More

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Pictograph C, Park Ranger at Pictograph Cave State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We appreciate the positive review, Marcus, and hope you'll stop in again next time you're back in the area.

Reviewed 1 week ago

This park is about a 20-30 minute drive through the country from the city of Billings. There is a very nice visitor's center with knowledgeable rangers and self-guiding walk out to the pictograph caves. It might be a hot walk but there are delightful shade...More

Thank Laura B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a nice park with very old pictographs on shallow cave walls. Many of the pictures are very difficult to see even when you know exactly where they are. Time and people have taken their toll on them. The trails are steep in places but...More

Thank cindypG8288BS
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All I have to say is, not the most welcoming Welcome Center guy working at the counter. Probably wont recommend this to out of town guests.

Thank Marie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wasn't at all mind blowing, the pictographs were faded, and it's a pretty steep price for what we got to experience. However, 3 stars for the scenery

Thank Sean C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Caves and followed the entire trail which was a nice walk. The drawings shown of the faded designs were helpful. The climb to ghost cave wasn't too hard or long.

Thank Carol J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful place to spend an hour or two and bring a picnic basket. Nice break if you on an a road trip, overnighting in Billings or a marathon interstate trip. Short

Thank jamescU4606QS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I question a lot of the science around the exhibits, bit it is a nicely maintained facility. If it is an extremely hot day, you may want to visit early in the am. There is one bench under one tree along the 3/4 long path.

Thank jmak4man
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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

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