Bearing Witness

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.

Nez Perce man in full regalia riding an apaloosa horse.

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.

Male park ranger and four visitors on a forested trail.

Ranger Programs

Attend a guided tour of the battlefield, a ranger talk at the visitor center, or a special cultural demonstrator's program.

A mountain howitzer cannon sits on a snowy hillside overlooking a wintry valley.

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.

Blue camas bloom in the foreground and the tipi frames from the Nez Perce encampment

Directions to the Battlefields

Directions to the Big Hole and Bear Paw Battlefields.

close up photo of a purple flower with an artistically blurred out background.

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

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 237
Wisdom, MT 59761

Phone:

(406) 689-3155

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