Rules to require Smith River floaters to purchase or rent bear-proof coolers or portable electric fences are being recommended to the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting in Helena.
A grasshopper feeds on plants growing near the Pictograph Caves on Tuesday afternoon.
Items found at the Pictograph Caves, as well as a ledger documenting the finds, are in the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.
Montana State University adjunct professor Nancy Mahoney holds a bison horn sheath found at the Pictograph Caves that is part of the Cramer-Lewis Collection at the Museum of the Rockies. The sheath might have been used to carry water.
Bison horn sheaths were found at Pictograph Caves in the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies.
Montana State University adjunct professor Nancy Mahoney shows how drawings in the ledger book match up a tiny arrowhead in the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies.
One of the boxes holding the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies has artifacts, notes and photos from the Pictograph Caves and other eastern Montana sites.
A ledger book in the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies features documentation and drawings done by Joseph Cramer based on Oscar Lewis’ notes.
Montana State University adjunct professor Nancy Mahoney holds a bison vertebra found in the Pictograph Caves that is part of the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies. Just above Mahoney’s right thumb is broken tip of a tiny arrowhead embedded in bone showing that small proje…
Pat Roath, the registrar and collections manager at the Museum of the Rockies, left, and Nancy Mahoney, an adjunct professor at Montana State University, look through a ledger book that documents some of the Cramer-Lewis collection.
Photos and notes about the Pictograph Caves fill a page in a ledger book in the Cramer-Lewis collection at the Museum of the Rockies.
Decorative beads from the Cramer-Lewis Collection may have been made from bone, antlers or wild fruit pits.
Darla J. Bruner is the manager at Pictograph Cave State Park, a place that conujures thoughts of ancient spirits as Halloween approaches. Bruner and interpretive ranger Jarret Kostrba are hosting a free presentation “Are There Really Ghosts at Ghost Cave?’ on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
A visitor walks on a trail next to the Ghost Cave at Pictograph Cave State Park. One of the reasons the cave earned its nickname is the large, round boulders near the entrance that, in faint light, can resemble human heads.
Rock art specialist Jannie Loubser evaluates the drawings at Pictograph Caves outside of Billings and offers some alternatives to preserve the works.
The new interpretive center at Pictograph Caves State Park was built to blend into the surrounding environment and to be energy-efficient, in part through the use of ground-source heating and cooling.
Brian Harrison of Taylor Studios in Rantoul, Ill., helped build and install the new display boards in the new center. He also replicated some of the artifacts from photos of the originals.
Ken Soderberg, interpretive-services bureau chief for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, stands in the new Pictograph Caves interpretive center at the state park recently. It will open to the public Friday.
After a hiatus of more than 100 years, people will once again be able to seek shelter at Pictograph Caves.