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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana
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Child completing Junior Ranger Program, Little Bighorn Battlefield

 

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The Battle of Little Bighorn - Custer’s Last Stand - is one of the most famous skirmishes fought on American soil. It was here that Lt. Col. George A. Custer and more than 260 soldiers of the U.S. 7th Cavalry met their demise at the hands of Lakota and Cheyenne on June 25 and 26 1876. This life and death struggle between two culturally divergent forces was one of the Indian’s last armed battles to preserve their way of life and became a rallying point for the U.S. military's subjugation of Native Americans in the West. The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, in addition to memorializing those who fought in the battle, chronicles the history of this legendary engagement. It offers a coherent look at the events that preceded the battle as well as the historical consequences of the engagement. Visitor center exhibits also provide insight to Plains Indian culture and the life of frontier soldiers.
Getting There
 
Little Bighorn National Monument is long way from everything. It’s situated in southeast Montana, near the junction of Interstate 90 and U.S. 212, and sits within the Crow Agency Indian Reservation. The nearest airports are in Billings, Montana, 65 miles northwest, and Sheridan, Wyoming, 73 miles south. Bus service is available to Hardin, Montana, 15 miles northwest. The most convenient way to reach the battlefield is to hire a car.
When to Travel
 
Summers are hot and dry. Winters are long and cold, and snow often covers the ground. Spring and fall are mild but brief. The nighttime low is significantly cooler than the daytime high throughout the year. Sudden changes in the weather are a common occurrence. Pack warm cloths and plan to dress in layers no matter when you travel. Outdoor interpretive programs are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Hardin hosts Little Bighorn Days in June each year. The events include a reenactment of Custer’s Last Stand. The Real Bird Family also hosts a reenactment each summer. Of note, reenactments are privately run and take place outside of the national monument.
Hours & Seasons
 
The monument is open daily year around. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. Hours are seasonal. Ranger guided battle talks and walking tours are offered from late May to early September. Native guided tours are offered five times daily in summer.
Admission & Fees
 
A single entry fee is charged per vehicle. Visitors entering the park on foot, bicycle and motorcycle are accessed individually. Annual passes offer value for repeat and multiple national park visits. Entrance fees are waived on NPS Free Entrance Fee Days. Ranger-led interpretive programs are free of charge. An separate fee is charged for Native guided tours.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Allow two hours to tour the monument. Lodging is available in nearby Hardin. Campgrounds are found in Crow Agency and Hardin.
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