Pictograph Cave State Park
Listed as a National Historic Landmark, Pictograph Cave State
Park - located just six miles (about 10km) south of Billings -
provides an ideal setting for a wonderfully scenic, historically
fascinating day-trip. Covering an area of 93 acres, the park is
home to a complex of three caves (Ghost, Middle and Pictograph),
linked by a paved walking trail. Two of these three caves contain
evidence of habitation dating back over 4,500 years ago; and to
date, more 30,000 historical artefacts, such as bone tools, arrow
heads, and beaded jewellery, have been discovered within the park.
The pictographs that give the park its name date back more than two
millennia, and their meaning is still being debated by
archaeologists. Visitors to the park can anticipate pristine picnic
areas, and interpretive signage, which provides good information
about the prehistoric paintings, as well as the area's geology and
Address: 2300 Lake Elmo Drive, Billings, MT
Telephone: (406) 247-2940
Opening Time: June through August: daily 8am-8pm (Visitor Center
9am-7pm). September, April and May: daily 10am-6pm (Visitor Center
10am-5pm). October through March: Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm
(Visitor Center 10am-4pm).
Admission: $5, payable at the Visitor's Centre.