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 Big Hole
Directions to the Big Hole National Battlefield.
Fees, Permits, and Reservations
Learn about fees, reservations, and permits required for recreating, filming, researching, or doing business at the battlefields.
Big Hole Commemoration - Aug. 11, 2018
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.
Bear Paw Commemoration - October 6, 2018
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.
Last updated: January 13, 2018