Three haunting destinations await you at the state park: The Pictograph, Middle and Ghost caves. In prehistoric times, these caves were homes for hunters, and today’s local loop trail lets you check out the remaining rock paintings (or pictographs) that have sustained through all these years. Winter hours from October through March are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the visitor center open until 4 p.m.

You’ll find the parking lot at 3401 Coburn Road in Billings, and Park Manager Jarret Kostrba is usually available. It’s the perfect destination to consider the original human habitat of Montana, and it became a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The archaeological aspects of the caves are wondrous, and visitors get a unique experience when exploring the mystery and history of the site.

Early Inhabitants

The original hunters who flocked to the Pictograph Cave left us more than 100 rock paintings as well as many artifacts. Researchers estimate the oldest art to be more than 2,000 years old. However, the interpretations of the paintings are up for discussion. You’ll find images of warriors, animals and weaponry peppered throughout the caves.

There’s also wildlife viewing as you make the loop trail and, of course, plenty of photo opportunities. Bring a picnic lunch and the entire family for a one-of-a-kind outing in Billings.