Pompeys Pillar National Monument, Pompeys Pillar
Categories: Geologic Formations, Monuments, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Pompeys Pillar National Monument is a rock formation located in south central Montana, United States. Designated a National Monument on January 17, 2001, and managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, it consists of only, making it one of the smallest National Monuments in the U.S. It was previously designated a National Historic Landmark on July 25, 1965. The new Pompeys Pillar Interpretive Center opened in 2006. Exhibits in the 5,700-square foot center relate the journey of Captain William Clark and his detachment, including Sacagawea and her son Pomp, down the Yellowstone River Valley in 1806.The pillar itself stands 150 feet (45 m) above the Yellowstone River and consists of sandstone from the late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation, 75 – 66 million years ago. The base of the pillar is approximately 1acre.The pillar features an abundance of Native American petroglyphs, as well as the signature of William Clark, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Clark's inscription is the only remaining physical evidence found along the route that was followed by the expedition.Using our custom trip planner, Pompeys Pillar attractions like Pompeys Pillar National Monument can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Be prepared for a lot of steps but so worth it. The view is great and the history is awesome. Captain Clark's signature is neat to see. Not sure of handicap accommodations but you will end up carrying... read more »
Was on my way to Billings and saw the signs. When I got to the gate the ranger was very helpful and it was only $7. I had about an hour to kill some time. I like doing things like this because if you ... read more »
I think everyone learns about Lewis and Clark in school. There is relatively little in the way of physical evidence of their expedition. Here we find the only physical evidence of Clark's passage thro... read more »
Great place to come visit for cool photo opportunities, pick-nicks, and learn about history. Amazing that there is a signature from 1806 in sandstone still readable today.
The views from the top are worth every step of the climb. The steps are many but not too steep. You can see for miles and see lots of wildlife. If you're lucky the marmots will entertain you. We went in May and it was beautiful.
A great overview of the Corps of Discovery in a very nicely done interpretative center. Even William Clark's carved name can be seen on the monument which is located in a beautiful natural setting.
Regular ranger guided walks or take a self guided tour anytime. They had a ranger stationed at Clark's signature to answer questions. Very easily accessible from the highway and worth a stop to stretch your legs on the steps.
Seven dollar entry fee per vehicle if you do not have a national parks pass. Neat to see some actual history and learn about the native Montana plants/animals. Neat gift shop inside!
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