Big Ice Cave Picnic Area and Interpretive Site

Big Ice Cave Inside looking out

Located about 50 miles south of Red Lodge and Billings, MT, in the Pryor Mountains, this remote interpretive site has a short walk (0.2 miles) down a steep path to a wooden platform. You can view the always present ice floor in the first room of the cave.


  • Interested on how the cave was formed and why there is ice? Click here.

The Big Ice Cave Picnic Ground has 5 picnic sites for day-use only.

  • For a detailed road map, which shows recreation sites and campgrounds, please see our Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM and legend).

At a Glance

Fees: No fees
Open Season: Memorial Day - Labor Day (call district office for exact dates, 406-446-2103)
Usage: Light-Medium
Water: No
Restroom: Yes. Vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Interpretive Areas

The short trail to the Big Ice Cave has interpretive panels on several subjects.


There are five picnic sites at Big Ice Cave.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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