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Culture and History

Experience Montana history from American Indian buffalo jumps and cultural sites, to Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery, to pioneer ghost towns.

State Parks Honoring American Indian Culture and History

State Parks with Lewis and Clark History

State Parks with Old West and Mining History

Heritage Resources Program

Montana State Parks' Heritage Resources Program combines conservation, restoration, archaeology, history and architecture in the maintenance and preservation of significant cultural sites and physical heritage assets.

Our Heritage Resources Program oversees site management and heritage stewardship at more than 200 historic and archaeological sites, including seven National Historic Landmarks and 10 sites that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Heritage Resources Program is also responsible for Montana State Parks’ compliance with the Montana Antiquities Act and for ensuring thousands of artifacts found in state parks are appropriately curated and stored.

Here are some recent, exciting projects:

Rosebud Battlefield State Park partnered with the University of Montana and received an American Battlefield Protection Program grant for survey and mapping work.

Montana State Parks is partnering with university archeological field schools on the following projects:

  • Students from MSU-Billings are currently gathering data on 2000 historic and pre-contact sandstone engravings and petroglyphs at Medicine Rocks State Parks near Ekalaka to create an overall map of the images for future generations.
  • Students from the University of Montana are currently gathering data on bullet fragments and artifacts found at Rosebud Battlefield State Park to further understand and create a GIS map of where the exact battles took place.

Montana State Parks collaborated with the University of Montana and Alter Enterprises on a distance learning satellite program originating from Pictograph Cave State Park for elementary and college students.

Questions? Contact Rachel Reckin, Heritage Resources Program Manager, 444-3756,

Teacher Resources

Education Programs and Field Trip Information

From stargazing and learning how to throw an atlatl, to guided hikes and listening to tribal elders and living history presentations, our Interpretation and Education programs will engage you in experiences that encourage understanding, appreciation and stewardship of Montana's outstanding cultural and natural resources.

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A park ranger teaches students at First Peoples Buffalo Jump