Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Overview

This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indian's last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors. The Indian Memorial stands 75 yards northeast of the 7th Cavalry monument, a circular earthwork carved gently into the prairie. Visitors inside the memorial see a view of the Cavalry obelisk through a "spirit gate" window. The spirit gate welcomes the Cavalry dead symbolically into the memorial's circle. Visitors can also access the visitor center and go on guided tours of the battlefield. The White Swan Memorial Library houses the office of the park historian in the historic stone house (original superintendent's headquarters). This facility contains the finest collection of research materials available on the battle of the Little Bighorn, as well as other related historical events. Visits are by appointment only.

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Seasonality / Weather

The Monument is closed on the following holidays
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Open the rest of the year on the folllowing schedule:
Memorial Day to July 31: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 1 to Labor Day: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September and October (Ends on daylight savings time): 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
November through March: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer daytime temperatures can range from high 70's to occasional 90's/100's. Nights are usually cool with temperatures in the high 40's to 50's. Most rainfall occurs late April-early June.

Directions

Driving: 

Interstate 90, Exit 510 at Jct 212.

Flying: 

Billings Logan International Airport is located 65 miles NW. Airport in Sheridan, Wyoming, 73 miles to the South.

Public Transport: 

Bus service available at Billings, MT, Sheridan, WY with travel to Crow Agency, Montana, 1.5 miles NW of the Little Bighorn Monument.