Family Vacations in Montana

Family Vacations in Montana: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Courtesy of the National Park Service
The Little Bighorn Monument is filled
with tombstones to memorialize those
who gave their lives in this historic

The wide-open prairie and rolling hills are quiet now, and the green and golden hues of the landscape give it an air of tranquility. However, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument commemorates the military disaster of 1876 known as Custer's Last Stand. It was here that U.S. Army Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry battled bands of Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. The monument memorializes those who died. It also acknowledges the battle as one of the last efforts of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life.

Park rangers are on duty year-round to explain the history of the site. During the summer, they relate the legend of the famous colonel, his adversaries Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, and the battle that took the lives of Custer, several hundred soldiers, and a number of Native American warriors. A museum features exhibits of the battle, a biography of Custer, the weapons used by both sides, and some background information on the events leading up to the battle. Interpretive markers guide visitors to Custer Hill, a common grave marked by a monument bearing the names of all the soldiers who died in the battle, and the American Indian Memorial that recognizes and honors the Native Americans who were killed at Little Bighorn.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Information

Address: Exit 510 Off I-90 Highway 212, Crow Agency, MT
Telephone: 406/638-3204
Hours of Operation:

  • Late May - Late July, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., daily
  • Early Aug. - Sept., 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., daily
  • Sept. - Oct., 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily
  • Nov. - Mar., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., daily
  • Apr. - May 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily

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