Caves and Mines

Pictograph Cave State Park Billings

Where is it at?

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Pictograph Cave State Park
3401 Coburn Road
Billings
MT
59101
Tel: 406 247 2940

Directions

In Billings on I-90 at Lockwood exit, then 6 miles south on county road.

Where are we going today?

If you ever wanted to experience a place that could give you an insight into the beginnings of human habitation, then Pictograph Cave State Park is an amazing place to start!

This state park in Montana has been designated as a National Historic Landmark because it happens to be one of the most significant archaeological sites in the state!

Lucky for you, it's now also an amazing place to visit, to learn and explore the mystery of this incredible site, and tour the visitor center for more information!

Want to know something very cool? Did you know that the oldest rock art in the cave is over 2,000 years old? How incredible is that!? You can see with your very own eyes, the images of warriors, animals, and even rifles...all of which tell a story. 

There are three main caves within Pictograph Cave State Park. These are Pictograph, Ghost and Middle. These were all home to generations of prehistoric hunters, and the caves were naturally formed buy water and wind erosion.

Around 30,000 artifacts were found in the caves. These ranges from weapons, stone tools, and paintings. Can you imagine what it would have been like to actually like in those caves all the way back in history? A pretty different life to yours now!

The park has a great 1/4 loop trail into the caves, and along the way you can look at the interpretive displays that explain and identify the natural features, and the paintings.

An incredible look back in time to how family's used to live in Montana!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$6 per car non resident / $4 on foot
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Closed Mon/Tues in Winter. Park 9am/10am - 5pm/7pm. Center similar hours

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Eve/Day

Any Top Tips?

Take your binoculars for that wildlife spotting! Make sure you have your camera too .

Doing our bit

The park is protected, so make sure you follow any regulations so these amazing examples of history can be kept around for years to come.

Need a little extra help?

They are ADA accessible.

Can I get one of those?

Save that pocket money because the gift shop is a great place to buy items relating to the caves and their history, as well as souvenirs and gifts.

More information

Check the hours before you go. The park and visitor centre hours vary slightly from each other, and with each season.

What people are saying?

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    A very rude fish and game officer working here his name is Jarret Kostrba, I asked this person a few questions about disability access and this gentleman was very rude toward me and made me feel like I was a low class person because I have a disabilty, he even suggested since I have a disability and have a hard time walking that I shouldn't be there and to leave. Seriously?! This is how you treat people with a disability? I would strongly suggest not visiting this park for their apparent strong negative disrespect for anyone with a disability.

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    I was considering going here and read the review. I'm very surprised at the owner's highly defensive response to the person who reported a negative experience with staff there. Due to the response from the owner I am confident that the person with a disability is telling the truth because that attitude of superiority clearly comes through from the owner's reply. I do not have a disability that limits me from going to this park. I don't even know anyone who does. However I feel that this person should have been apologized to and his/her concerns...Read More

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by Jessi J

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I was considering going here and read the review. I'm very surprised at the owner's highly defensive response to the person who reported a negative experience with staff there. Due to the response from the owner I am confident that the person with a disability is telling the truth because that attitude of superiority clearly comes through from the owner's reply. I do not have a disability that limits me from going to this park. I don't even know anyone who does. However I feel that this person should have been apologized to and his/her concerns validated rather than the snotty tone the owner's reply takes. I work in public relations and I'm stunned that you would treat someone with a disability the way he/she reports and even the way you did in your response. I'm one person who won't visit your park based on this review. I hope you will re-evaluate your defensive posture and remember that you are there to kindly serve the public, all the public, and not be defensive or reactive to them.

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