Although PICTOGRAPH CAVE STATE PARK does not fall into the MUST SEE category, it definitely is worth a visit if you have the time. It’s a pleasant, peaceful drive from Billings. As other reviewers have stated, the pictographs can be an immense disappointment if you are not prepared. It definitely is not worth the time or effort to visit the park ONLY to see the pictographs. The pictographs are so faded that basically only some red is visible on one drawing. A small sign in front of the caves displays how the pictographs looked and there aren’t many.
The joy of visiting PICTOGRAPH CAVE STATE PARK is the scenery. The main cave is a short walk from the parking lot. The cave is small and is just the underside of a rock overhanging. Small and modest but rich in Native American history. A short walk away is a smaller cave with no drawings. I had time to spare after visiting THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTELFIELD so I stopped at the PICTOGRAPH CAVE STATE PARK a little before closing time. The view was beautiful and I watched a hawk flying along the bluffs and encountered rabbits so it was a chance to be with nature. Again, it is worth a visit if you have the time, but if your time is limited, other sites in the area deserve more attention. Just go knowing the pictographs are so faded that almost nothing is visible.
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