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.
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: December 16, 2017