Big Hole National Battlefield

Big Hole National Battlefield

In A Nutshell

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I get a copy of the park brochure?

A: Contact the park directly by mail, email or call for a copy to be sent to you.

Q: Is the Battlefield open in the winter?

A; Yes, the Battlefield is open year around and closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day holidays.

Operating Hours and Season

Open daily with Summer hours from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Winter hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Battlefield Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.


The Battlefield itself is open from sunrise to sunset daily.

Things To Know Before You Come

Big Hole National Battlefield is located 6,300 feet above sea level. Visitors may need to slow their pace when walking. Drinking plenty of fluids is encouraged as summers and winters in the Big Hole Valley can be dry. Weather conditions can vary greatly at any time of year. Layered clothing is highly recommended.

The nearest facilities are in Wisdom, Montana 10 miles east of the battlefield. Wisdom features a gas station, market, and several restaurants.

Cell phone coverage is not typically available in the Big Hole Valley.


Big Hole National Battlefield is located ten miles west of Wisdom, Montana on state highway 43.

From I-15 at Dillon, Montana take highway 278 northwest to Wisdom, then highway 43, ten miles west.

From I-15 at Divide, take route 43 west through Wisdom to Battlefield.

From Missoula, Montana, take state route 93 south through the Bitterroot Valley to Lost Trail Pass. Turn east on highway 43 and drive 17 miles to the battlefield.

Contact Us

The Battlefield can be reached by phone at (406) 689-3155, seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.



Big Hole National Battlefeild is a unique unit in the National Park Service. This park is one of thirty-eight sites that is part of Nez Perce National Historical Park. Unlike other sites that have a contiguous block of land, Nez Perce National Historical Park stretches across Oregon, Idaho, Washigton, and Montana. Of the park's thirty-eight sites, the National Park Service owns nine and each one offers its own set of challenges and opportunities.


Plan Your Visit

A visit to Big Hole should begin at the visitor center. A film, museum, and book store provide an overview of the events that took place on the battlefield in August of 1877. During the summer months, ranger-guided activities take place daily.

Big Hole National Battlefield is part of Nez Perce National Historical Park that has thirty-eight sites spread over four states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) that touch on many of the threads that make up the Nez Perce story. Visit the park to commemorate the history of a culture that has left a distinctive mark on the history of the west and continue to make contributions to the tapestry that is the American experience.

Fees & Reservations

Beginning January 1, 2007, Big Hole National Battlefield will no longer charge an entrance fee. Entrance to the park is free!