Chief Plenty Coups State Park

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Chief Plenty Coups State Park

Montana

(406) 252-1289

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Overview

Situated within the Crow Indian Reservation in south-central Montana, 40 minutes south of Billings, this day-use park preserves the log home, sacred spring, and farmstead of Chief Plenty Coups. Plan at least an hour to walk the grounds and browse through the visitor center that commemorates the life of this remarkable man and his efforts to lead his people in adopting the lifestyle of the white man. The tranquil, shaded picnic area is a beautiful spot to enjoy lunch and absorb the serenity of this special place. Plenty Coups a man of war - and then a man of peace - whose vision has helped bridge a gap between two cultures. Recognized for his bravery and leadership, he was made a chief of the Apsáalooke (Crow) tribe by age 28. When Plenty Coups gave up his nomadic ways in 1884, he became one of the first Apsáalooke to own and settle on a farm, which was deeded to him through the federal Indian Allotment Act. On his 320-acre tract, located a half mile east of Pryor, he opened a general store, built a home, and tilled the earth until his death in 1932 at age 84. At that time, as requested by Plenty Coups and his wife, Strikes the Iron, 195 acres of his land was made into a public park. Upon his death, the Apsáalooke people voted to designate him as their last traditional tribal chief.

Map of Chief Plenty Coups (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.429000, -108.549000

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Explore the area by bike on roads and designated trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Wildlife viewing and interpretive tours are available upon request.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in Pryer Creek.

  • Hiking

    A half-mile hiking trail allows visitors to explore the area by foot.

  • Historic Sites

    Interpretive tours require reservations. The museum is open May 1 through September 30, or by appointment.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area with tables, grills, running water, trash bins, and toilets provides a great spot for lunch.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is permitted in Pryer Creek.

Directions

Driving

Billings exit #447 off I-90, 35 miles south to Pryor, 1 mile west.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 252-1289

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