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.

Appaloosa horse with traditional Nez Perce ceremonial garb.

Big Hole Commemoration - August 5, 2017

Each year the Nez Perce host a commemoration to remember those who lost their lives at Big Hole and pay tribute to those who survived.

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.

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.

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.

Last updated: July 21, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 237
Wisdom, MT 59761

Phone:

(406) 689-3155

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