Battle of Little Bighorn Battlefield

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Little Bighorn Battlefield

If you are traveling to Bozeman from the east, an interesting historical side trip is the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument also known as Custer’s Last Stand.

  • Entrance Fees are $10 per private vehicle and $5 for pedestrians, including motorcycles.
  • The monument is only closed 3 days out of the year; however, the opening and closing times for each day vary throughout the year.
  • Daily tours and walks led by the visitor's center are available.

Overview
The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument was built to commemorate one of America's most famous and important battles--Battle of the Little Bighorn. The Battle of the Little Bighorn was the culmination of 400 years of Native American and Euro-American struggles.

The battle took place on June 25 and 26, 1876 when 12 companies of the Seventh Calvary led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer charged the largest encampment of Lakota (Sioux), Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians that ever came together.

The Native American warriors, led by Chief Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, obliterated Custer's Calvary, killing 260 men. Also called, Custer's Last Stand, it was the Native American Indians' greatest victory.

Hours/Seasons
The Monument is closed on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day. The monument is open the rest of the year on the following 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.
  • April - May: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fees/Cost
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is a Federal Recreation fee Area.

Entrance Fees are $10 per private vehicle and $5 for pedestrians, including motorcycles.

There is no charge for visiting the National Cemetery.

Contact
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
P.O. Box 39
Exit 510 Off I-90 Hwy 212
Crow Agency, MT 59022-0039
406-638-2621

Highlights
There are actually two separate battlefields in the area, the Custer Battlefield as well as the Reno-Benteen Battlefield. You can also tour through the Custer National Cemetery.

The visitor center has exhibits and displays that explain the circumstances that led to the battle and in-depth information about American Indians way of life, their weapons, ideals and history.

Daily tours and walks led by the visitor's center are available. Living History Contact Stations are also set up everyday to explain the lifestyles of the Plains Indians and US Calvary back in 1876.

Native American hold about half of the summer tour guide jobs at the monument and the Crow Tribe's Little Bighorn College holds a tour bus contract. Indian ceremonies are also held at the Battlefield

Over a thousand different books about this famous battle are available in the visitor's center store.

Getting Here
To get to Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument, which lies within the Crow Indian Reservation, take exit 510 off I-90.

From Little Bighorn Battlefield to Bozeman, simply travel on I-90 approximately 200 miles east.

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