Pompeys Pillar Travel Guide

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    Pompeys Pillar
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  • Pompeys Pillar
    Pompeys Pillar
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  • View of the Boardwalk
    View of the Boardwalk
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Pompeys Pillar Things to Do

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    by fred98115 Written Feb 14, 2014

    This is a well-planned site to visit. We have been here several times. The parking is improved. The museum is first-rate. The boardwalk to the top of the Pillar passes by the Clark signature. The views from the top are fascinating. The Yellowstone is at your feet and across the river is a site where Custer once camped. Photographers: come late or early to get good light. The cottonwoods on the site are also interesting shots.

    Pompeys Pillar View of the Boardwalk Clark's Signature Yellowstone River Yellowstone River
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    by Yaqui Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    Although all the signatures are really awesome to see, but what is really wonderful about all the walkways and platforms is the views of the local area. It is truly a beautiful area.

    William Clark had nicked named Sacajawea son Jean Baptiste - "Pomp", a Shoshoni word for Chief. And is was on this returning trip Lewis and Clark split up, with Clark taking the Yellowstone River. They encountered the most impressive sandstone butte beside the river on July 25, 1806.

    Clark wrote in his journal,

    "This rock which I shall call "Pompy's Tower" is 200 feet and 400 paces in secumpherance.....the nativs have ingraved on the face...the figures of animals and near which I marked my name and the day of the month & year."

    For many years thereof, "Pompeys Pillar" became the landmark for people traveling westward that left their signatures too for their loved ones to know they had survived the trip and to note the trail they were on.

    Rates & Fees
    $3.00 per vehicle (Day)
    $25.00 per bus or group
    Admission is free with Golden Age, Golden Access, and Golden Eagle Passports.

    Seasons / Hours
    Memorial Weekend through Labor Day: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
    Labor Day through September 30: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Walk in traffic permitted during the off season. Please respect your cultural heritage.

    Fishing on the Yellowstone River at Pompeys Pillar National Monument allowed with a valid Montana State Fishing License.

    Upper Level Platform Lower Level Platform
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    by Yaqui Updated Jul 26, 2009

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    When we visited, my sister was happy that they had just finished building the platforms and walkways so you can see the famous signature, views and all the other wonderful historical signatures that pioneers left behind. They carved into history to either say, I was here or to let relatives know they had passed through here to their destination. My sis said before you had to climb over the rocks before to see all the neat signatures and risk coming upon snakes. No fun, so our arrival was timed just right. Sadly they had no visitor center back then, but I can see on the web they have built a really lovely one. So enjoy!

    William Clark had nicked named Sacajawea son Jean Baptiste "Pomp", a Shoshoni word for Chief. It was on this returning trip Lewis and Clark split up, with Clark taking the Yellowstone River. They encountered the most impressive sandstone butte beside the river on July 25, 1806.

    Clark wrote in his journal,

    "This rock which I shall call "Pompy's Tower" is 200 feet and 400 paces in secumpherance.....the nativs have ingraved on the face...the figures of animals and near which I marked my name and the day of the month & year."

    For many years thereof, "Pompeys Pillar" became the landmark for people traveling westward that left their signatures too for their loved ones to know they had survived the trip and to note the trail they were on.

    Rates & Fees
    $3.00 per vehicle (Day)
    $25.00 per bus or group
    Admission is free with Golden Age, Golden Access, and Golden Eagle Passports.

    Seasons / Hours
    Memorial Weekend through Labor Day: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
    Labor Day through September 30: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Walk in traffic permitted during the off season. Please respect your cultural heritage.

    Fishing on the Yellowstone River at Pompeys Pillar National Monument allowed with a valid Montana State Fishing License.

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    • Family Travel
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

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Pompeys Pillar Warnings and Dangers

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    by Dymphna1 Updated Apr 23, 2009

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    Ok, most won't bother you, but you have to watch out for the droppings. Although Mountain Lions are not uncommon in the area.

    Yellowbelly Marmot not too dangerous Candian Goose - I think on nest
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