Places to Visit: Little Bighorn Battlefield

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Little Bighorn Battlefield

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is the historic site of the clash between Custer's 7th Cavalry and Sioux and Cheyenne tribes, featuring tours, artifacts, and National Cemetery, located  2 hours from Red Lodge.

  • Little Bighorn Battlefield is located 120 miles east of Red Lodge. 
  • Take the 4.5 mile self-guided walking tour of the monument sites and battlegrounds. 
  • View Custer National Cemetery, Last Stand Hill and explore the visitor center. 
  • Fees: $10/Personal Vehicle, $5/on foot, bicycle or motorcycle. 
  • Open year-round, with variable seasonal hours.

Overview

Under orders to force scattered Native American tribes onto reservation lands, on June 25, 1876, Custer's 7th Cavalry attacked Sioux and Cheyenne tribes at the Battle of Little Bighorn. With soldiers divided and outnumbered, the US army was defeated. More than 200 US soldiers, including General Custer, were killed, as well as many Native American fatalities.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument includes a visitor center, National Cemetery, exhibits, and a 4.5 mile self-guided walking tour of the battlegrounds.

Hours/Season

Little Bighorn Battlefield is open year-round, with the following general seasonal hours:

  • Memorial Day – July 31, 8 am – 9 pm
  • August 1 – Labor Day, 8 am – 8 pm
  • September – October, 8 am – 6 pm
  • November – April, 8 am – 4:30 pm
  • Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
  • * Facility hours may vary.

Fees/Cost

  • $5/Individual (pedestrian, motorcycle, bicycle)
  • $10/Private vehicle
  • $25/Commercial Sedans (1-6 people)
  • $40/Commerical Vans/Mini-bus (7-15 people)
  • $100/Charter Buses

Contact

Mail: Little Bighorn Battlefield
National Monument
PO Box 39
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Park HQ Phone: (406) 638-2621
Visitor Information Ph: (406) 638-3217

Highlights

Little Bighorn Battlefield Visitor Center
Learn more about the battle and the layout of the complex, listen to an interpretive talk, or speak to a ranger.

Tours
Take the 4.5 mile self-guided walk around the site, or schedule a guided bus tour.

Custer National Cemetery
Custer National Cemetery is the final resting place of those killed during the battle, as well as other internments.

Last Stand Hill/Indian Memorial
View the memorial commemorating the Native Americans who perished during the battle, and the area where Custer and his men met their end.

Getting Here

Little Bighorn Battlefield is located in southeast Montana, 120 miles east of Red Lodge.

Directions from Red Lodge: Travel 43.5 miles on US-212 N before merging onto 1-90 E towards Billings, continuing 22 miles. Merge one I-90 E/US-212 E/US-87 S towards Sheridan, driving for 54 miles. Take exit 510.