On August 9, 1877 gun shots shattered a chilly dawn on a sleeping camp of Nez Perce. By the time the smoke cleared on August 10, almost 90 Nez Perce were dead along with 31 soldiers and volunteers. Big Hole National Battlefield was created to honor all who were there.
Bear Paw Battlefield
Located 16 miles south of Chinook, Montana on Highway 240, the battlefield commemorates the final conflict of the Nez Perce War of 1877.Read More
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Big Hole is a component of Nez Perce National Historical Park. Nez Perce is a park about a people, for all people. It is not one place but many.Read More
Big Hole National Battlefield on Social Media
Follow Big Hole National Battlefield on Twitter and Facebook. Learn what is happening at the park as it happens.Read More
Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail protects the 1,170 mile trail taken by several bands of Nez Perce during the flight of 1877.Read More
Big Hole Web Camera
The battlefield changes with every season. Take a look and see what the battlefield looks like today.Read More
Did You Know?
In 1883, the US government placed a 6 ton monument at Big Hole National Battlefield. The monument was in honor of the soldiers and volunteers that died in the battle. It would be forty years before a memorial would be placed here for the Nez Perce.