Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Little Bighorn Battlefield Monument

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument In southeastern Montana, near Hardin

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

In southeastern Montana, near Hardin

 

One of the last armed efforts of the Northern Plains people to preserve their way of life is memorialized here. On June 25 and 26, 1876, in the valley of the Little Bighorn River, more than 260 soldiers and attached personnel of the U.S. Army met defeat and death at the hands of several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. Among the dead were Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and every member of his immediate command. Although the Native Americans won the battle, they subsequently lost the war against the expansion of Euro-Americans into the Northern Plains. In 2003 a memorial dedicated to the Sioux and Cheyenne who died at the battle was erected. The monument was designated a national cemetery in 1879 and a national monument in 1946.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Touring battlefield by car. Facilities: Visitor center, outdoor interpretive exhibits, museum, hiking trails. Bookstore. Programs & Events: Ranger talks (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Battle Anniversary (June 25). Tips & Hints: Cassette tapes ($12.95) available for auto tours. Research library open by appointment. Visit Sept.-May for good weather and fewer crowds. Busiest June-Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

See Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Entrance fee: $5 per person or $10 per vehicle. No pets. Park and visitor center open Memorial Day-July, daily 8 am-9 pm; Aug.-Labor Day, daily 8-8; Labor Day-Sept., mid-Apr-Memorial Day, daily 8-6; Oct-mid-Apr., daily 8-4:30.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

18 mi southeast of Hardin, near junction of I-90 and U.S. 212. Closest airport: Billings (60 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (Box 39, Crow Agency, MT 59022, tel. 406/638-3204, fax 406/638-2623,). Bighorn County Museum and Visitor Center (Rte. 1, Box 1206A, Hardin, MT 59034, tel. 406/665-1671). Hardin Area Chamber of Commerce (10 E. Railway, Box 446, Hardin, MT 59034, tel. 406/665-1672).

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument In southeastern Montana, near Hardin