Rosebud Battlefield State Park

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Rosebud Battlefield State Park

Montana

(406) 234-0900

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Overview

This 3,000-acre Eastern Montana rolling prairie park preserves the site of the June 17, 1876, battle between the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians and General Crook's soldiers supported by the Crow and Shoshone Indians. . The park includes prehistoric sites and the homestead ranch of the Kobold family. Take your own food, your camera, and plenty of time to appreciate a slice of time and place. This large park restricts the use of metal detectors, digging, collecting or removal of artifacts and bikes are allowed on existing roadway only. This National Historic Landmark on the rolling prairie of eastern Montana preserves the site of the June 17, 1876, battle between Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne warriors and General George Crook's soldiers supported by Crow and Shoshone Indians. The Army was there to enforce the U.S. government's recent reservation proclamation. The Lakota and Cheyenne were defending their families and way of life. Both sides fought bravely. The battle was a draw, with each side claiming victory. Eight days later, many of the same Lakota and Cheyenne met Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, about 25 miles to the northwest. The Cheyenne call this spot Kase'eetsevo' estaneveosehaesta'tanemo - Where the Girl Saved Her Brother. Of the many heroic acts that occurred during the battle, the story of Buffalo Calf Trail Woman saving her older brother, Chief Comes in Sight, has been passed down through the generations.

Map of Rosebud Battlefield (MT)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.205747, -106.977310

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bikes are a great way to explore the park, but are allowed on existing roadway only.

  • Hiking

    Designated hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy the park's scenery on foot.

  • Historic Sites

    Remote, quiet, and undeveloped, the 3,000-acre park includes prehistoric sites and the homestead ranch of the Kobold family. Take a picnic, your camera, and plenty of time to appreciate a slice of time and place. Interpretive trails and signs allow visitors to learn about the park's history.

  • Horseback Riding

    Explore the park from horseback on designated trails.

  • Picnicking

    Take in the history and scenery of the park from the designated picnic area, with tables, garbage bins, and toilets.

Directions

Driving

25 miles east of Crow Agency on U.S. 212, then 20 miles south on Secondary 314, then 3 miles west on county road. The last 1.5 miles are on unpaved roads.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(406) 234-0900

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