Little Bighorn Battlefield Garryowen
Where is it at?
Little Bighorn Battlefield
I-90, Crow Agency Exit 510 at Jct 212
Battlefield Tour Road 756
Tel: 406 638 3204
Where are we going today?
There are a number of moments in history that the whole world knows about - and Custer's last stand is one of them.
This iconic battle happened right in Montana - more specifically at the Little Bighorn Battlefield. It was the place that the Northern Plains Indians fought in one of the last armed efforts to protect their way of life out on the plains.
Kids - do you remember what year it was? It was 1876, and there were 263 soldiers who fought and died here - including Lt. Col. George A. Custer, at the hands of a very large number of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.
When you arrive, make your way to the Visitor Center. It's a great way for kids to read up on all the events that happened on the very sport they are standing. There is an eye opening and informative 25 minute orientation video that everyone should watch, before spending some time walking around the museum's exhibits.
From there, you can walk up to "Custer's Last Stand", as well as the memorial for those Indian tribe members who were lost. Stone markers stand in the place where the army fell. It's quite an emotional and surreal experience.
If you have longer, you can walk the 1/4 mile Deep Ravine trail on a self-guided walking tour, as well as the National Cemetery. There is so much history to immerse yourself in, and kids will walk away with more knowledge about the Battle of Little Bighorn that they could reading any books.
It’s a living classroom for them, and a part of American history that had an impact on the future. A great family day out in Montana.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 individuals on foot. Private vehicle $10
- ChildrenSame as adult
When can we go?
Summer hours 8am - 8pm. Fall 8am - 6pm. Winter 8am - 4:30pm.
All year round. Closed on major holidays.
There's a teachers guide available to help plan your day, and there is also a Junior Ranger program that they can complete and even get a badge! .
Any Top Tips?
Some summer programs might not run if there is inclement weather, so call ahead if you are unsure. .
Doing our bit
The park is dedicated to preserving the stories and memories of everyone involved in the battle, and will continue to tell the stories to all who visit the site. .
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call before hand to check accessibility for anyone in a wheelchair.
Can I get one of those?
There is a gift shop so you can pick up items that can continue your education and remind you of your day! .
The entrance gate hours are listed on this site, but keep in mind the cemetery and visitor center have slightly different hours. .
What people are saying?
by Donna Nissen
This is a 'must see'. You get an amazing lesson in history and can almost feel the presence of those who fought here. The memorials for both the cavalry and Indians are very well done.
by Andrea Birch
The Battle of Little Bighorn is one of the most amazing places I have ever been I suggest anyone who is a history buff or likes it to definitely get there as soon as you can you will not be disappointed it was a memorable experience and shed a few tears so take your Kleenex with you
by Joe Defur
a must see! the person doing the talk about the battle did an exceptional job.
by S Thomas
Custer's wife set up the initial funding to have a monument however because the visitor center was built in 1956 it does not have the facility to hold the collection that requires special temperature and humidity so it is in Tucson, AZ in a storage vault. That's sad and illegal because the items were deeded to be placed there in her will. Hope the NPS can fight to have a place built here and bring the collection back. Otherwise it was worth the trip to dispel misinformation about the battle that I had.
by Mike Scott
I went here in June 2013 and I was very sad to see the battlefield and for a moment you are seeing the battle as though you were there. General Custer was very foolish and Benteen & Reno didn't help when he sent them a message to come now!!! The white stone grave markers are where the Cavalry were first buried and each grave was marked. In the fenced off area near Monument Stone is a grave with black markers and that is where they found General Custer. Along the trails were grave markers for those who tried to escape. The Indians came and removed...Read More
by Mike Scott
I went here in June 2013 and I was very sad to see the battlefield and for a moment you are seeing the battle as though you were there. General Custer was very foolish and Benteen & Reno didn't help when he sent them a message to come now!!! The white stone grave markers are where the Cavalry were first buried and each grave was marked. In the fenced off area near Monument Stone is a grave with black markers and that is where they found General Custer. Along the trails were grave markers for those who tried to escape. The Indians came and removed their dead but there are some Cheyenne warrior grave in RED STONE. All the Indians wanted was a peaceful way of life just like we want in 2013 and we should never forget the brave Cheyenne, Sioux & Arapaho who were protecting their families.