Laws & Policies
Firearms At Big Hole
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. For more information about Montana laws visit this site.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park. In Big Hole National Battlefield no firearms are permitted inside the Visitor Center.
First Amendment Activities at Big Hole and Bear Paw
Like all units of the National Park Service there is a place for First Amendment Activities in the park. The Designated First Amendment Area for Big Hole for groups 25 or smaller is located south of the Visitor Center just past the tipi demonstration area next to the parking lot. For Bear Paw it is located near the restroom and picnic shelter.
Did You Know?
Bear Paw Battleground, near present day Chinook, Montana, is one of the most significant sites associated with the Nez Perce campaign. It was the place where Chief Joseph gave his surrender speech, which stirred the nation.