All park sites closed on Thanksgiving (November 28), Christmas (December 25), and New Year's Day (January 1).
The 145th Anniversary Event Rescheduled
The 145th Anniversary Event on Sunday December 8, featuring Dr. Elliott West, has been postponed due to deteriorating weather conditions in Oklahoma.
Operating Hours & Seasons
The Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Visitor Center is located one half mile west of Cheyenne, Oklahoma on Highway 47A. The visitor center is home to both the park's administrative offices and the U. S. Forest Service's Black Kettle National Grasslands.
Visitor Center: The visitor center is open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm except Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, and January 1st. It houses a Western National Parks Association bookstore, an exhibit area depicting the clash of cultures leading to the attack, and a theatre where park visitors can enjoy the park's 27 minute film, Destiny at Dawn: Loss & Victory on the Washita.
Overlook and Trail: The overlook and trail are open daily from dawn to dusk. A walking trail down to the site of Chief Black Kettle's village begins at the overlook. This self-guided interpretive trail is approximately 1.5 miles, is unimproved, and is currently not ADA accessible. Near the overlook are two historical markers, a National Park Service wayside panel, and a granite monument commemorating the event. An engraved granite panel embedded in the pavilion, overlooks the village below and depicts Col. George Armstrong Custer's plan of attack. Also located at the overlook, visitors will find a restroom, a water fountain, and picnic tables. Ranger-led talks and tours will be held from the Memorial Day through the Labor Day weekends starting at the park overlook. The interpretive talks will be held in the mornings at 11 a.m. and in the afternoons at 3 p.m. The tours will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Did You Know?
As Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his men rode towards Black Kettle's camp they endured four days of blizzard conditions. Several troops were affected by the inclement weather including field surgeons Henry Lippincott and William Renicke both of whom were stricken with snow blindness.