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 Commemoration - October 7, 2017
Each year the Nez Perce host a commemoration to remember those who lost their lives at Bear Paw and pay tribute to those who survived.
Attend a guided tour of the battlefield, a ranger talk at the visitor center, or a special cultural demonstrator's program.
Operating Hours and Seasons
Big Hole & Bear Paw battlefields are open year-round. Visitor center hours, and seasonal & temporary closures are listed at this link.
Directions to the Battlefields
Directions to the Big Hole and Bear Paw Battlefields.
Fees, Permits, and Reservations
Learn about fees, reservations, and permits required for recreating, filming, researching, or doing business at the battlefields.
Last updated: September 22, 2017