Be Weather Aware
Be weather aware. Weather conditions change rapidly in northwestern Oklahoma. For Oklahoma road conditions, especially Highway 283 North from Sayre to Arnett, call 1-888-425-2385 for current road conditions.
Plan Your Visit
Park Film Before walking the park trail we recommend watching the park's 27-minute film: Destiny at Dawn - Loss and Victory on the Washita, in the new park visitor center on Highway 47A just west of Cheyenne, Oklahoma. The film focuses on the engagement and the events that led to it. It's a great way to learn the history of the site before taking a hike.
Discover History Naturally - Take a Hike Our 1.5 mile trail starts at the park overlook and is open from dawn to dusk. This is a self-guided trail, however, visitors can join a park ranger for weekend talks and tours beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Those wishing to participate in these weekend programs are asked to meet at the park overlook on Highway 47A. The morning talk will begin at 11 a.m. The afternoon talk is at 3 p.m. The tour is at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Guided talks and walking tours are also available during the week on a pre-arranged basis.
After Labor Day, tours can be arranged depending on availability of park staff .
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site Visitor Center The visitor center is home to museum exhibits, the 27-minute park film, Destiny at Dawn - Loss and Victory on the Washita, a Western National Parks Association bookstore, and a breath-taking view of the Washita River Valley. Downstairs is located the park headquarters and the offices of the U.S. Forest Service's Black Kettle National Grassland.
Local Attractions - There are many local attractions: the Metcalfe Museum, the Roll One-Room School, the Pioneer Museum, and the Cheyenne City Park to mention a few. For more detailed information, go to Nearby Attractions under the Things to Do section of the website.
Did You Know?
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site was established to protect, and interpret the site where at dawn on November 27, 1868 the Southern Cheyenne village led by Peace Chief Black Kettle was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under the command of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.