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“Great Place”

Pictograph Cave State Park
Ranked #4 of 63 things to do in Billings
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great Place”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

Loved this place, what a wealth of information!! Visitor Center is a must see to gather all the information! Well preserved, well done. Would love to go again!

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Shelli F
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Ormond Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
231 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Not Much to See”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

The park is beautifully maintained, the staff is helpful, and the information provided in the center and along the trails is very interesting. Unfortunately, the pictographs are very faded. Only the flyer provided and the signs make it possible to make sense of them. Beautiful scenery.

Visited September 2013
Thank Two2FortheRoad
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Anchorage, Alaska
Level 6 Contributor
275 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great way to get some air in Billings”
Reviewed 12 October 2013

My boyfriend and I loved our visit to this park. The grounds are well-maintained and there are signs in the caves that teach you a lot about the pictographs and the people that drew them. The staff at the visitor's center were very friendly and informative. I left in awe of the history in Montana. Very cool!

Visited September 2013
Thank Sarah V
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Petal, Mississippi
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“worth a side-trip”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

The Pictograph Caves are well worth a side trip out of Billings. Some of the art is at least 2000 years old. A very short & easy drive to Colburn Road.

Visited September 2013
Thank TacitusMS00
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
446 reviews
212 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Interesting site and worth the effort to visit”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

The site is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Billings and the Rangers close the gates at 6pm sharp in September. We got there late in the day and they were shutting the visitor centre so we didn't get a chance to look at the detailed history. However the storyboards around the walking track give you a good flavour of the history and recreations of the drawings.
The drawings are quite difficult to see nowadays as the have faded badly. There is a short circuit track to the 2 caves that takes about 15 minutes to walk- they are a moderate climb in places but no challenge to someone of basic fitness.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Bruce M
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