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Big Hole National Battlefield West Glacier

Where is it at?

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Big Hole National Battlefield
16425 Highway 43
West Glacier
Tel: 406 689 3155


Big Hole National Battlefield is located ten miles west of Wisdom, Montana on state highway 43. From I-15 at Dillon, Montana take highway 278 northwest to Wisdom, then highway 43, ten miles west. From I-15 at Divide, take route 43 west through Wisdom to Battlefield. From Missoula, Montana, take state route 93 south through the Bitterroot Valley to Lost Trail Pass. Turn east on highway 43 and drive 17 miles to the battlefield.

Where are we going today?

A visit to Big Hole should begin at the visitor center. A film, museum, and book store provide an overview of the events that took place on the battlefield in August of 1877. During the summer months, ranger-guided activities take place daily. On August 9, 1877 gun shots shattered a chilly dawn on a sleeping camp of Nez Perce. Colonel John Gibbon and 163 men of the 7th Infantry and 34 Bitterroot Volunteers had orders to stop the non-treaty Nez Perce and return them to Idaho. The nearly 800 Nez Perce men, women, and children had fled their native lands when being forced onto a smaller reservation.
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When can we go?

The visitor center is open daily. Winter hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Battlefield is o

he Battlefield Visitor Center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Access to the

Doing our bit

Big Hole National Battlefield is located 6,300 feet above sea level. Visitors may need to slow their pace when walking. Drinking plenty of fluids is encouraged as summers and winters in the Big Hole Valley can be dry. Weather conditions can vary greatly at any time of year. Layered clothing is highly recommended..

The Weather


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Temp: 48° F / 9° C
Humidity: 81 %
Wind: SW - 1 MPH


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Humidity: 73 %
Wind: ENE - 4 MPH


Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 52° F / 11° C
Humidity: 81 %
Wind: SSW - 5 MPH

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