2012: 136th Anniversary of ‘Last Stand Battle’
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Open Year Round
Little Bighorn Battlefield is 15 miles east of Hardin. Picture, if
you can, June 25, 1876, the day when over 210 troopers of the
7th Cavalry fell in battle. The thunder of hooves, war cries of
the Teton Sioux and Northern Cheyenne Indians, rifle fire and
death chants softly echo across the plain. This was...
...Custer’s Last Stand
June 25, 2012 marks the 136th anniversary of the Battle of the
The Visitor Center displays exhibits on the battle, Indian
culture, and frontier soldiers. New interpretive exhibits include
“People of the Plains,” a story of the Lakota, Cheyenne, and
Arapaho people at the time of the battle in 1876. Full-size
photographic cut-outs and artifacts from the battlefield
collection interpret the many roles that tribal members played,
including the warrior’s dual role as hunter and warrior.
“Tools of the Battle” describes the vast assortment of weapons
used in the battle by the 7th Cavalry and the Native American
“Unraveling the Mystery” is an exhibit of the important
archaeological surveys conducted on the battlefield and how the
recovered artifacts provide an understanding of what may have
happened during the battle. Firearms analysis and forensic
pathology have revealed not only individual weapon types and
details of movements during the battle, but also important clues
about the various equipment used by both sides.
The Visitor Center is open in April and May from 8 a.m.-6
p.m., June-July 8 a.m.-9 p.m., August 8 a.m.-8 p.m., fall 8 a.m.-
6 p.m., winter 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Daily ranger talks and movies
are provided. The cemetery was closed to further expansion in
Hiking is permitted on a 3/4 mile interpretation trail, self-
guided with brochures. There is also a self-guiding booklet for
The battlefield is located 61 miles south of Billings, Montana,
and 65 miles north of Sheridan, Wyoming, at the junction of
Interstate 90, and Montana Highway 212.
Little Bighorn offers a wide range of interpretive opportunities.
Self-guided walking tours are available for the battle-related
sites and the national cemetery.
A self-guiding, 5-mile tour road enables visitors to follow and
observe the sites related to the battle.
Three walking trails have been established: Reno-Benteen
Defense site, 5 miles south of the Custer field; Keogh/Crazy
Horse position on battle ridge; and along Deep Ravine, west of
Custer National Cemetery contains burials that are historic to
northern plains events as well as burial of veterans and
dependents from 1879-present.
White Swan Memorial Library contains the finest collection of
research materials available on the battle of the Little Bighorn,
as well as other related historical events.
For additional information, write to Little Bighorn Battlefield
National Monument, P.O. Box 39, Crow Agency, MT 59022.
For any questions, call the Battlefield Information line: (406)
Crow Agency, Montana
Crow Agency, just 1 mile west of Little Bighorn Battlefield, is
the location of the Crow Fair, held annually the third weekend
of August. A Powwow is held in conjunction with the fair and
rodeo. The authentic Indian event features colorful costumes
made with feathers, rawhide, and millions of beads. Parades,
dancing contests, racing events and pari-mutuel betting are
featured daily. Visitors are always welcome.
Crow Agency has a hospital designed with unique Indian
architecture. The Crow tribe has its own government.
The Crow Reservation, covering about 2,500,000 acres in Big
Horn County, encompasses Lodge Grass, St. Xavier, Crow
Agency, Pryor and Fort Smith.
Rosebud Battle a Foreshadowing to the Battle of the Little
The Battle of the Rosebud symbolizes the Indians’ first stiff
resistance in the Sioux War of 1876. Its outcome had an impact
on Lt. Col. George A. Custer’s devastating defeat on the Little
Bighorn only a week later.
The June 17, 1876, battle between the Sioux and Cheyenne
Indians and General George Crook’s cavalry and infantry was
one of the largest Indian battles ever waged in the United States.
It set the stage for the Indian victory eight days later when Lt.
Col. George A. Custer and his immediate command were wiped
out on the Little Bighorn. A self-guided tour with interpretive
signs is managed by Montana State Parks. (25 miles east of
Crow Agency on U.S. 212, then 20 miles south on Secondary
314, then 1.5 miles west on county road; 3,052 acres; 4,300’ el.
In June 2010, the site was designated as a National Historic
There is no charge for entrance. Camping is not allowed.