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(45.760235,-108.4485)
 

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Mission Statement

At Montana State Parks we work hard to preserve, enhance and interpret Montana's most outstanding natural, cultural and recreational resources, for the personal, social and economic benefit of present and future generations.

Description

Approximately 6,500 years ago Pictograph, Ghost and Middle cave served as a temporary homes for prehistoric hunters. After generations of use, over 30,000 artifacts ranging from stone tools, weapons and painting tools were left behind or discarded in and around the caves.

What makes this area so specials is that for varying reasons these people took the time to paint 106 colorful images within Pictograph Cave portraying animals, warriors and even rifles. These remarkable images tell stories that have lasted thousands of years.

The Pictograph Cave site was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1964, because of its archeological significance. And this now 40 acre park welcomes over 56,000 visitors annually to come see the pictographs that have lasted for thousands of years. Providing people with a place to contemplate the origins of human habitation in Montana.

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