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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Interesting but hard to see

Nice walk in front of the caves but the pictographs are hard to see. OK if you have time to kill... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
Kevin B
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Difficult to make out.

The paths are nice and easy to walk. The "cave" drawings are really difficult to make out. The red... read more

Reviewed 21 July 2016
Sarah K
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Dresden, Ohio
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

Nice walk in front of the caves but the pictographs are hard to see. OK if you have time to kill but better pictographs in the country. Visitor center told a better story than the caves.

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 21 July 2016

The paths are nice and easy to walk. The "cave" drawings are really difficult to make out. The red ones are pretty easy though. This is a very quick drive from Billings. Out of staters cost $6, only free for Montana residents.

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

My family & I went to view the Pictograph cave. It was in July at 4:30 in the afternoon and the heat was incredible. I was glad we climbed up to see the cave, although the only pictographs I could distinguish were done in red....More

Thank Heidi Fulkerson P
Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is a very interesting piece of history. The trail guide that you get from the visitor's center explains everything you see along the trail. The pictographs are interesting and the artifacts in the visitor's center are worthwhile to see.

Thank pbuntarl
Reviewed 17 July 2016

Just outside Billings on the south, this state park is a fascinating part of native american history. The visitor center is modern and informative with good displays. The caves are picturesque, with ancient Indian pictographs that, although faint, can be seen with the help of...More

Thank Don H
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Less than half an hour from Billings is a special Native American site. Pictograph Cave is a 23-acre park 5 miles south of Billings. The park includes three shallow caves excavated beginning about 1937. Pictographs, though faded, are visible in the largest cave. The pictographs...More

Thank CRandyL
Reviewed 12 July 2016

This is an interesting brief excursion to make if you go with low expectations. Quick uphill walks to see a few fading pictographs which look like the prehistoric version of graffiti (red stick figures). Fun to imagine life here eons ago. Striking cliffs on a...More

Thank pagoda_seattle
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Wanted something to do outdoors and physical....got more than we wanted at this stop! Great photos, a walk on a beautiful day and some conversation with the great staff at the park!

1  Thank Jodie C
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting site and well explained by the signs and brochure. READ THEM. However, on most days it is difficult to see many pictographs. Only if the rock is saturated with moisture will most of the images be visible. We found that using...More

Thank Carole D
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

This is a small but cool piece of history. The signs and literature do a great job of explaining the site. The short walk is not handicap friendly. The path is steep and is only partially paved. It is sad that more pictographs were preserved....More

Thank Jan S
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TeamDC2
Is the trail stroller friendly? About how far?
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
Can a manual wheelchair be used in the caves or is this not possible?
8 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
what's the entrance fee and is it closed any time?
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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