Pictograph Cave State Park

Billings, Montana 59101

Pictograph Cave State Park

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"Pictograph Cave State Park is a 23-acre national historic landmark located 6 miles south of Billings. Nestled at the base of south-facing sandstone cliffs in Bitter Creek Valley, the archaeological treasure is a prehistoric habitation site dating back 1 0,000 years. Three large caves are tucked into a semi- circle of eroding cliffs with overhanging rocks. The caves served as a shelter for the ancient people who left their mark with over 30,000 pottery, tool, jewelry, and weapon artifacts. More than 1 00 pictographs have been found on the cave walls. The painted images were used to record spiritual topics and meaningful events, including animal images, human-like figures, and shield-bearing warriors. Some of the fading images date back 2,000 years. A paved path with interpretive plaques loops around the base of the cliffs to Ghost Cave, Middle Cave, and Pictograph Cave. Interpretive signs explain the archaeological studies and significance of the inhabitation and natural features. Near the trailhead is a picnic area with box elder, Russian olive, and cottonwood groves."

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Trail Type
30 minute
Pictograph Cave State Park
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USGS: Soda Springs Northwest
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