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Address: 3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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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Really wasn't too sure what I'd find when I got here. Was more than pleasantly surprised however. The walkway is paved and rock. The rock trails are slippery in areas even with... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 July 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Really wasn't too sure what I'd find when I got here. Was more than pleasantly surprised however. The walkway is paved and rock. The rock trails are slippery in areas even with hiking boots, use caution. There are some"not maintained trails" that lead to commanding views of the landscape below. I'm all for going off trail, if I can and... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Easy drive from Billings, $6 fee for out of state cars, some steep trails and warnings about rattlesnakes....

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Burke, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

This is,a very unique opportunity to view some of the oldest enhabited sites in the U.S. Important piece of the past and gorgeous scenery

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Thank Ann W
Preston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

You don't have to be a fan of history to enjoy this park. Relatively speaking, it's a quick and easy walk and the visitor center is great.

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Bullhead City, Arizona
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Steep rock or some paved trails to --nothing--. All we ever saw were some red dashes on the wall. Not worth the time, effort, or money. Disappointed.

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Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

A short drive from Billings made this the perfect afternoon trip with the family. Steep trails, hiking, visitors center and picnic area, fresh air and good exercise..not to mention the very interesting caves. It was a shame that the actual pictographs were vandalized and weathered but still can see of the outlines. All in all ..I recommend a visit..get out... More 

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Laurel, Montana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Last visit was 30 years ago or so when there was nothing but a dirt trail. Today there is a nice paved trail going up to the main cave. There is also a new visitors center and some local handiwork for sale. The picnic area is very nice.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

The glyphs are pretty faded but can still be seen. We only made it to one of the two cave. Too much "up" for my knees.

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Thank Donald S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the visitor center and the caves were small and you couldn't really see the pictographs. Overall a nice short hike. Beware of rattlesnakes!

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Chattanooga, TN
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Most of the pictographs are barely visible, if at all. The hike is short but really not worth the stop. There are three caves with rattlesnake warnings along the trail. We were very careful and didn't see any snakes. Guy at the visitor center was very helpful. $6 per vehicle for out of state tags.

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