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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Nice little park

There is a paved trail to the main cave and a gravel path to the two other caves. There is a fairly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Debby H
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Stillwater, Oklahoma
Worth the drive

Nice little state park. They have a mostly paved path that you can get out and walk up to the caves.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a paved trail to the main cave and a gravel path to the two other caves. There is a fairly steep climb to the caves but I am 63 years old with a bad knee and made it. As with other cave art,...More

Thank Debby H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little state park. They have a mostly paved path that you can get out and walk up to the caves.

Thank judysG3307ID
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did not have a lot of time but really enjoyed this with our young children. The loop was not long, but was an enjoyable walk. Great exercise, but not for people who are not sure footed. The pictographs were amazing to see and educational...More

Thank muggsygal
Reviewed 12 September 2017 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.

1  Thank Marti M
Reviewed 7 September 2017

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

1  Thank honest1985
Reviewed 6 September 2017 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

1  Thank Topsailpinky
Reviewed 6 September 2017

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

1  Thank hulagirl78749
Reviewed 28 August 2017 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 27 August 2017

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

1  Thank SoCal4
Reviewed 25 August 2017 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
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TeamDC2
20 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
8 June 2017|
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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
15 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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