Tuesday we went to Pictograph Cave State Park in Billings, Montana.
Pictograph Cave State Park is an area of three caves. The Pictograph, Middle and Ghost caves were home to generations of prehistoric hunters.
At the park entrance there is a small visitor’s center with a gift shop. We stopped there to pay our entrance fee ($8 per vehicle) and to purchase some postcards.
Right off the parking lot, there is a loop trail that allows visitors to view the rock paintings, known as pictographs, that are still visible in Pictograph Cave. It was fun trying to see and make out the paintings.
We enjoyed walking the trail and exploring the caves. The trail is jog stroller friendly. Part of the trail is paved and part is gravel.
Pictograph Cave State Park was a beautiful, fun and easy park to visit!
The next day we drove a little under an hour from Billings to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
We got in free with our national park 4th grade pass. Some national monuments accept the pass and some do not. All national parks accept it.
On our drive over, we read about the Battle of Little Bighorn, also known as Custer’s Last Stand. Our kids were so excited when I read that one of the Indian leaders in this battle was Crazy Horse, having recently visited the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. Traveling really makes history come to life.
The battlefield was neat to walk around. We viewed gravestones and read historical markers along the way. We were all on a hunt to find Custer’s gravestone. We thought it’d be one of the larger stones, but it wasn’t. We finally spotted it after a long while looking.
After walking, we got in the van and drove a loop around the area. We stopped and read signs that let us know what happened in each area we were currently viewing.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was a very interesting place to visit.