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Pompeys Pillar National Monument

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Address: Pompeys Pillar, MT
Phone Number: +1 406-875-2400
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Very interesting stop

This was a delightful stop on our travels across Montana following Lewis and Clark. The displays were very interesting as was the movie shown. We climbed to the top of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Pasadena, California
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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a delightful stop on our travels across Montana following Lewis and Clark. The displays were very interesting as was the movie shown. We climbed to the top of the pillar to see Clark's signature and the fantastic view, and heard an excellent presentation by a very friendly and accommodating ranger. The gift shop is run by exceptionally friendly... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

The Pillar is 25 miles east of Billings along I-94, and overlooks the Yellowstone River. In 1806, Captain William Clark visited here and carved his name into the rock. It stands 200 hundred feet high and is quite noticeable from a distance. There is a boardwalk and several sets of stairs that lead up to the engraving and then to... More 

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Thank Violette54
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Be prepared for a lot of steps but so worth it. The view is great and the history is awesome. Captain Clark's signature is neat to see. Not sure of handicap accommodations but you will end up carrying small children so be prepared and pick a cooler part of the day.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Was on my way to Billings and saw the signs. When I got to the gate the ranger was very helpful and it was only $7. I had about an hour to kill some time. I like doing things like this because if you don't stop and smell the roses as they say your going to miss a lot. The... More 

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I think everyone learns about Lewis and Clark in school. There is relatively little in the way of physical evidence of their expedition. Here we find the only physical evidence of Clark's passage through the area - his graffiti! Sorry, but it struck me as funny. The visitor center is well done, and the walk/climb is relatively easy if you... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

So you're driving through Montana and you need a place to stretch your legs? Pompeys Pillar is where I chose to do so. The central piece of the otherwise unnotable attraction is graffiti from William Clark of Lewis & Clark. It's the kind of thing that should be a silly roadside attraction rather than a National Monument. I kind of... More 

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Willoughby, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

This site as recently (1990's) taken over by BLM from private owners. The interpretative center gives one a nice sense of history (especially the Lewis/Clark Expedition) as well as archeological historians. I found it interesting that there were carving's even before Clark chiseled his name and date into the pillar. If possible, climb the steps to get a great view... More 

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Wattsburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I found this as an afterthought days before our trip. Easy to miss.....but don't. We arrived after it closed. However, the signage encouraged walking to the pillar 1/4 mile ahead. (While I do wish attractions would remain open past 5:00 in the summer, at least accommodations are made here to allow visitors in.) We missed the gift shop and any... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

As many times as we've driven by on the freeway, we finally had the time to stop at Pompey's Pillar National Monument and boy, are we glad we did! It is a beautiful site managed by the BLM in conjunction with the NPS. Notice the sidewalk that mimics the Yellowstone River....the beautiful visitor's center....very informative museum area...historical significance. It's just... More 

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Sun Prairie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This is a great national monument. Very nice visitor center and history of Lewis and Clark's expedition. There is a walkway/staircase up to the pillar and you can see the encased signature of Wm. Clark there. It was raining when we were there so we didn't spend as much time as we would have normally, but we're glad we stopped.

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