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Pictograph Cave State Park

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

The hike to the caves is well marked and not very long. It is steep up to both caves and although... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Stephanie L
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Palmdale, California
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Enjoy Pictographs, Go Before It's Entirely too Late

Sadly, there wasn't much to see. However, I'd been looking forward to learning the history and am... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mary B
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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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 3 days ago via mobile

The hike to the caves is well marked and not very long. It is steep up to both caves and although it states it's wheelchair accessible It would be very difficult to push a wheelchair up to the first cave. The Ghost cave is up...More

Thank Stephanie L
Reviewed 4 days ago

Sadly, there wasn't much to see. However, I'd been looking forward to learning the history and am always ready for a short hike. The remaining drawings are barely visible and the legends are about the only way viewers can tell there was much there. Exposure...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hate to fault the people who work so hard to maintain this historic site, but there really isn't much left to see there. All I could find were a few blotches of dark paint; no animals or warriors or rifles or any of the...More

Thank footloosefogey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My kids (ages 9 and 8) and I spent an hour walking here and enjoying the caves. It is pretty tough to see some of the pictographs; however, there are some very informative plaques that help your imagination and eyes to pick out the imagery....More

1  Thank Krista D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great to explore and a short hike. Gravel paths. Tepe on site. Dog friendly . Two caves to view from path.

Thank Shelley A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went during a weekday afternoon, not crowded at all. Free for Montana residents, otherwise pay at the visitor center or drop box ($6). 1/4 mile paved path "hike" to the main cave (wheelchair accessible in theory but very very steep). Good views along the way....More

1  Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 4 May 2017

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...More

Thank Ronnie K
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.

Thank not2bforgotten
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.

Thank Charles B
Reviewed 29 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.

Thank longball44
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TeamDC2
Is the trail stroller friendly? About how far?
21 June 2017|
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Response from 4mary13 | Reviewed this property |
It is stroller friendly by the info center and main paths.
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Bobbi S
Can a manual wheelchair be used in the caves or is this not possible?
9 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?
16 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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