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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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We visited when it was 92 degrees, don't recommend it. We enjoyed seeing the pictographs but there... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marti M
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Gainesville, Virginia
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Fun Family Event, Free!

This is a great place to bring your family and experience a little nature and history. Wonderful... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
honest1985
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Billings, Montana
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Marti M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank honest1985
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank Topsailpinky
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I expected a bit more, there is one cave with pictographs but you can really only see the ones in red. Not too many people and it was a nice drive there but I'd only recommend if you don't really have anything else to do

Thank hulagirl78749
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is a small park tucked away in a canyon not to far from Billings. The walking trial is mostly dirt and loose gravel with a few steep sections but not hard to do. The trail is well marked and has information plaques along the...More

Thank Albert C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I usually wouldn't want to downgrade an historic site, but truth be told, there just isn't that much to see here. Only one cave has pictographs, and those you can hardly see. There's not a lot of hiking in the area, either. Go, if you...More

Thank SoCal4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here on the day of the eclipse giving away free glasses. Nice rangers. Very little people. The pictographs are not as once visible but what do you expect for being 11,000 years old, combine with Mother Nature and vandalism. Information and nice climb.

Thank Christinac16
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a bit of a ride to this park but it is nice. Be prepared to walk up steep inclines to get to the cave. You need good light to actually see the pictographs. It is well maintained and a nice place to spend...More

Thank jeanstad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To think we stood where the Indians years ago lived and wrote on the walls! It was beautiful and very peaceful! If you are in the area you should go. Not a lot of walking just a little. Wear your walkers!

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Heading from Billings to Crow Agency for the fair and decided to stop and have a look. Interesting visitor center/gift shop. Self pay for admission. About $4 person if I remember correctly. Gravel trail, part of it was concrete, about 1/2 mile long loop. Pretty...More

Thank keenerkrew
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TeamDC2
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.
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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
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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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