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Pompeys Pillar National Monument

3001 Highway 312, Worden, Montana 59088 USA

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“famous sandstone butte”

Pompeys Pillar is one of the most famous sandstone buttes in America. It bears the only remaining physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which appears on the trail today as it did 200 years ago. On the face of the 150-foot butte, Captain William Clark carved his name on July 25, 1806, during his return to the United States through the beautiful Yellowstone Valley. Captain Clark named the Pillar "Pompeys Tower" in honor of Sacagawea's son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, whom he had nicknamed "Pomp." Nicholas Biddle, first editor of Lewis and Clark's journals, changed the name to "Pompeys Pillar."

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Reviewed by
cjb

  • 2 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
June 02, 2014

Really nice tour guide, not far to walk, and nice little interactive place for the kids

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Reviewed by
alknight4

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 16, 2020
Rated 4.0

Pretty cool place! Sadly, there was a rock slide and they have the walk closed so we couldn't go up to see it. They are working on stabilizing the pillar to maintain the writing. There is still a nice trail to walk with board explaining Lewis and Clark's time there. I hope it opens up and I can see it up close one day! Aug 2020

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Reviewed by
sharonfranklin

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
May 21, 2019
Rated 5.0

Pompey’s pillar was a pleasant stop on our long drive! It was conveniently close to I-94, fun for the kids and a perfect way to stretch your legs!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
codiray77

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  • 1 Helpful
January 07, 2022
Rated 5.0

Pompeys Piller was such an interesting and beautiful stop. It is the only surviving outdoor evidence of Lewis and Clark's expedition. You can see Clark's name carved into the stone. The Visitor Center is new and has some interactive exhibits. The trails are well maintained. I would recommend going all the way to the top. The river trail is quick and nice after all those stairs.

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Reviewed by
speechjock

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  • 0 Helpful
June 19, 2021

Walk was lovely. A fair number of stairs to go up the pillar so not the easiest if you have limited mobility. Even still, being at the base is neat if you are unable to go all the way up. Stop is conveniently located and accessible for a quick break.

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Reviewed by
mm1753

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July 23, 2020
Rated 4.0

Went to this National Park in July of 2020. There have been some rock slides recently and the main original signing from Clark is closed as they repair the rocks that caused damage to the stairs that led there. The rangers were wonderful and there is a lot of cool information on the trail up. Beware though. Mosquitos are everywhere and when they bite they leave huge welts. I left with about 15. It’s worth the stop if you have time!!

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Reviewed by
tigersfamily

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  • 1 Helpful
June 10, 2020

Correct link:

https://www.blm.gov/visit/pompeys-pillar-national-monument

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Reviewed by
emilycarrington

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  • 0 Helpful
December 16, 2018
Rated 5.0

Lovely stop on a sunny winter day. Closed but you can park at the gate and walk in.

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Reviewed by
sararhode13

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  • 0 Helpful
July 11, 2018
Rated 4.0

Nice stop right off the interstate. Says it is pet friendly but you’re not able to bring your dogs up to where the signature. So, if you want to see it you have to keep the pups in your vehicle before you head up the boardwalk. Otherwise the area is very nice and clean. Nice pit stop.

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gina.bradley.5

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  • 7 Helpful
December 28, 2017
Rated 5.0

Nice Place To Stretch Your Legs

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Pompeys Pillar National Monument

3001 Highway 312
Worden, Montana
59088 USA

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Open now until 6:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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