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Address: 3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Pictograph Cave State Park is a National Historic Landmark known for its...

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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Fun Day Trip

We took a 4 and 1 year old along for this short trip outside of Billings. We enjoyed the drive there and everyone had fun running around the park and looking at the caves. (They... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ronnie K
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Morton, Mississippi
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Morton, Mississippi
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took a 4 and 1 year old along for this short trip outside of Billings. We enjoyed the drive there and everyone had fun running around the park and looking at the caves. (They make echoes, my daughter kept reminding me!) Kid friendly and pet friendly. Great views of the surrounding area. Probably a one-and-done type trip, but worth... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Lots of fun. Kids learned a lot and it was a nice place to spend an afternoon. Not far off the beaten path but far enough you enjoy the Pictograph experience.

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Thank not2bforgotten
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Close to Billings. Rimrock cave, facing south. Indians made painting eons a got. Watch for rattle snakes in the summer! Very insteresting place to visit with a sack lunch.

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Redmond, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Nice ranger at information center. $6 for out of staters. Interesting how they excavated the two caves down four layers from 1939-1941. Good local history.

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Williamstown, KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

a must see. Within a few miles and offers beautiful view. Small fee required to walk to caves to see pictographs.

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Billings, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

As a boy I climbed the hills around the caves, before museum, before sidewalks. They Park Dept. has done a very nice job making the site accessible but without ruining the view or the experience. A peaceful place for an afternoon or morning walk. Rarely busy. Free for Montanans, small fee for out of state visitors.

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Stanley, ND
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Be aware that the original cave paintings are barely discernible now, but the history and anthropological education is very good. Its a short pleasant hike to the caves and the trails are well maintained and marked. Was pleased to see moms with young children there. What great early exposure to history and anthropology. Visitor center staff was helpful.

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Saint Marie
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Wonderful place to go and see what ancient Indian's saw and painted on the rock walls. So very interesting. They have a museum there too.

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Thank Linda V
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

The pictographs are so faded or destroyed that you have to use your imagination. The best example is in the sorry excuse of a visitor's center. So, save your $6 state park fee (if you live outside of Montana). If you are a resident of Montana, perhaps it's time to contact your representative and use state funds elsewhere.

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Pictograph C, Park Ranger at Pictograph Cave State Park, responded to this review

We are sure sorry, Jennifer, that your experience resulted in such a negative first review. But rest assured, the friendly staff and natural beauty of our park will continue to provide the best experience possible to all our future visitors. Come again some time! More 

Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was a nice place to visit and take a short walk along the easy trail. It was a little hard to see some of the pictographs but still interesting. There is an information center, picnic tables and restrooms.

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