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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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We had an overnight stay at Billings and before leaving on our roadtrip up north, we decided to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Brisbane, Australia
Pleasant hike, wildlife and beautiful trees

Trails are a combination of paved, gravel and dirt at different levels/heights. There are benches... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Elsa C. L
New York City, New York
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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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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Reviewed yesterday

We had an overnight stay at Billings and before leaving on our roadtrip up north, we decided to check out these caves. We walked up the not so steep gravel path to the Ghost Cave first and took in the beautiful views around us. We...More

Thank Gypsymalu
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Trails are a combination of paved, gravel and dirt at different levels/heights. There are benches and picnic tables with natural shade. Views of mountain rocks, wilderness, birds and deer are really nice! It's a short drive from Billings and a good destination for both locals...More

Thank Elsa C. L
Reviewed 2 days ago

The original pictures are no longer visible and the walk up to the caves is strenuous for older people. It really was not worth the time it took to climb up to the caves.

Thank Murphydd
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On a recent visit to pictograph cave I was quite underwhelmed by the prehistoric pictographs I'm told are on the cave wall I was staring at. Truth be told, time and water have almost completely obliterated any pictographs that were here. There is a sign...More

Thank Ikidyounot61
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a small Montana state park. There is a large cave with ancient pictographs. The trail is paved and easily accessible. The visitor center is good to spend some time cooling off on a hot day. There are artifacts to look at and information...More

1  Thank Amy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This park has a pleasant walk near the cliff overhangs. On a sunny day it can be challenging. The pictographs are hard to see on a dry day and they are decaying so some have fallen. $6 fee per car for non residents. Note that...More

2  Thank cityglow
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We here with family, and we did a guided tour. It was very informative, and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the land. Quick and easy drive from Billings, and it was only 6 bucks per car to get in. We spent about about...More

2  Thank Ray E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This Montana State Park site is intriguing, a great start for a historical expedition. I recommend taking the very brief walk in reverse order, leaving the pictographs for last. The pleasant valley views to the cliffs, assorted geological features of the site, and pleasant nooks...More

1  Thank Pamela V
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The hike to the caves is well marked and not very long. It is steep up to both caves and although it states it's wheelchair accessible It would be very difficult to push a wheelchair up to the first cave. The Ghost cave is up...More

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Sadly, there wasn't much to see. However, I'd been looking forward to learning the history and am always ready for a short hike. The remaining drawings are barely visible and the legends are about the only way viewers can tell there was much there. Exposure...More

Thank Mary B
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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