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Pictograph Cave State Park

3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
+1 406-254-7342
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Beautiful area

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

Reviewed 23 March 2017
sftbll1925
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Williamstown, KY
So close to town, and so under appreciated!

As a boy I climbed the hills around the caves, before museum, before sidewalks. They Park Dept. has... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Corby S
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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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“visitor center” (24 reviews)
“short hike” (11 reviews)
“close to town” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3401 Coburn Rd, Billings, MT 59101-6420
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Reviewed March 23, 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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Reviewed March 13, 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...More

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Reviewed March 11, 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....More

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Reviewed March 4, 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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Reviewed March 2, 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...More

1  Thank Jennifer B
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Pictograph C, Park Ranger at Pictograph Cave State Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2017

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!

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Reviewed February 25, 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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Reviewed February 19, 2017

My family stopped here for a short visit during a road trip. The weather was a bit drizzly, but we still enjoyed the hike to the main cave. It's hard to see much of the actual pictographs, but the park office has a replica that...More

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Pictograph C, Park Ranger at Pictograph Cave State Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit. However, we are quite 'pet-friendly' and your 4 legged friend can enjoy the park too as long as they are on a leash and you pick up after them. If in doubt, call park staff with your questions or see...More

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Reviewed February 15, 2017

I had a nice time visiting the caves and looking at a little bit of history. This is very wheelchair accessible and in the summertime a nice place to take kids for lunch.

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Reviewed February 1, 2017

I had't been out to the Pictograph Caves for many years and was so sad to see how much they have faded with exposure. But the Visitor Center is a helpful and informative addition. Walk along the trail under the cliffs, enjoy the little valley...More

1  Thank Liz H
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Reviewed January 25, 2017

We have been coming here for years and really enjoy the improvements made recently. It is getting increasingly difficult to see the pictographs, so newcomers should go to the new interpretive center first. This IS rattlesnake country so be snake aware and you will be...More

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janknat
March 12, 2018|
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Response from egall467 |
It’s a great short stop. We were there for 45 minutes. Good stretch of the legs and potty break. A one of a kind experience. Don’t miss!
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TeamDC2
June 20, 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
June 8, 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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