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?
As Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his men rode towards Black Kettle's camp, they endured four days of blizzard conditions. Several troopers were affected by the inclement weather, including field surgeons, Henry Lippincott and William Renicke, both of whom were stricken with snow blindness.