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Pictograph Cave State Park

Pictograph Cave in Pictograph Caves State Park © Tbennert
Pictograph Cave in Pictograph Caves State Park © Tbennert

Located just six miles (10km) south of Billings, Pictograph Cave State Park is a wonderfully scenic and historically fascinating day trip. The 93 acre (38 ha) park is a National Historic Landmark home to a complex of three caves (Ghost, Middle and Pictograph) linked by a walking trail. Two contain evidence of habitation dating back over 4,500 years ago while more than 30,000 historical artefacts such as bone tools, arrow heads and beaded jewellery have been discovered within the park. The pictographs themselves date back more than two millennia, and their meanings are still being debated by archaeologists today.

Website: www.stateparks.mt.gov/pictograph-cave