A new, sandstone-hued interpretive center rises at the foot of rimrocks where Pictograph Cave has drawn human beings for over 3,000 years. Designed for high energy efficiency, the center features a classroom, restrooms, gift shop and indoor exhibits with replicas of artifacts - such as a wooden paint applicator and a bone turtle effigy - found during a Works Progress Administration excavation. A short 5-mile drive from Billings, the park is an ideal spot to enjoy a shady picnic, add to your birding life list, attend an interpretive program, or just take a stroll in the quiet outdoors. The Pictograph, Middle and Ghost cave complex was home to generations of prehistoric hunters. With its abundant wildlife and vegetation, the fertile river valley provided an ideal campsite for travelers. These caves were the site of Montana's first professional archaeological studies and excavations beginning in 1937. Over 30,000 artifacts have been identified from the park. A short paved trail allows visitors to view the rock paintings, known as pictographs, that are still visible in Pictograph Cave, the largest of the three. Interpretive signs tell the story of the archaelogical studies.

Great views. Easy hike with a bit of incline. Lots of wonderful history. Peaceful.

The view is gorgeous. The trail was easy and super peaceful but ended up with poison ivy after leaving the trail. Also when I called to see if we had to pay to park and hike the worker was rude.

nature trips
3 months ago

Great place to spend a couple hours, lots of history and dog friendly. Even in March it’s a beautiful place to go. Could hear the cracking of the ice on the Yosemite while looking at the caves.

Short and easy hike. Would be fun with children.

Easy trail. Fun for the kids to spend a nice afternoon outdoors. Great picnic area.

very steep and $6 for non resident but short walk and nice staff

The loop is worth doing once

Friday, August 26, 2016

It's more about the history than he trail, so amazing to see what the previous generations left behind.

9 months ago