Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Montana

(406) 638-2621

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Overview

This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors. The Indian Memorial stands 75 yards northeast of the 7th Cavalry monument, a circular earthwork carved gently into the prairie. Visitors inside the memorial see a view of the Cavalry obelisk through a "spirit gate" window. The spirit gate welcomes the Cavalry dead symbolically into the memorial's circle. Visitors can also access the visitor center and go on guided tours of the battlefield. The White Swan Memorial Library houses the office of the park historian in the historic stone house (original superintendent's headquarters). This facility contains the finest collection of research materials available on the battle of the Little Bighorn, as well as other related historical events. Visits are by appointment only.

Map of Little Bighorn Battlefield

Latitude, Longitude: 45.570005, -107.430076

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The 5 mile driving tour road to the Reno-Benteen Battlefield and Entrenchment trail allows visitors to tour the historic park from the comfort of their vehicles.

  • Historic Sites

    Interpretive Talks begin Memorial Day and run until Labor Day. Anniversary commemmoration of the Battle of Little Bighorn is on June 25. The White Swan Memorial Library contains the finest collection of research materials available on the battle of the Little Bighorn, as well as other related historical events. Visits are by appointment only.

  • RVing

    There is RV and towed trailer parking in the park. However, sometimes during peak season in June and July, the parking lot gets full and therefore it is recommended that visitors drive out on the 5 mile driving tour road to the Reno-Benteen Battlefield and Entrenchment trail. Upon returning, there should be parking available.

Seasonality/Weather

The Monument is closed on the following holidays Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Open the rest of the year on the folllowing schedule: Memorial Day to July 31: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. August 1 to Labor Day: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. September and October (Ends on daylight savings time): 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. November through March: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer daytime temperatures can range from high 70's to occasional 90's/100's. Nights are usually cool with temperatures in the high 40's to 50's. Most rainfall occurs late April-early June.

Directions

Driving

Interstate 90, Exit 510 at Jct 212.

Flying

Billings Logan International Airport is located 65 miles NW. Airport in Sheridan, Wyoming, 73 miles to the South.

Public Transportation

Bus service available at Billings, MT, Sheridan, WY with travel to Crow Agency, Montana, 1.5 miles NW of the Little Bighorn Monument.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 638-2621

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