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Billings Field Office
Release Date: 04/27/12
Contacts: Jeff Kitchens, 406-896-5235    
  Kristen Lenhardt, 406-896-5228    

Pompeys Pillar Visitor Center Opens for the Season

The BLM’s Pompeys Pillar National Monument is excited to announce that it will be opening the doors of the Visitor Center Saturday, May 5. Hours of operation for the visitor center will be 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. The main entrance gate will also be open during these hours of operation. Daily fees of $7.00/vehicle will be the same as last year. Walk-ins are always welcome every day from dawn to dusk. 

According to Jeff Kitchens, Pompeys Pillar National Monument Manager, a lot of changes and upgrades were made during the winter and he and the staff are looking forward to another successful year. “We especially want folks to put July 28 and 29 on their calendars as these will be the dates of the Monument’s annual Clark Days Celebration.”

Pompeys Pillar contains the signature of Captain William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and was set aside by Presidential Proclamation as a BLM National Monument. The monument is part of the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System, a system of lands set aside for their unique cultural, natural and geological values. Clark’s inscription is the expedition’s only remaining physical evidence visible of its actual route. An interpretive center at the site recounts Clark’s journey through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806. More information on the national monument can be found at

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Billings Field Office   5001 Southgate Drive      Billings, MT 59101  

Last updated: 06-28-2012