Basic Information

16425 Highway 43 West
Wisdom, MT 59761

Big Hole National Battlefield is located on Highway 43 ten miles west of the town of Wisdom in southwestern Montana. Bear Paw Battlefield is located on Route 240 sixteen miles south of the town of Chinook in north-central Montana.

Big Hole National Battlefield

The battlefield is open 24/hours/day 7 days per week year round. You may walk or snowshoe, depending on the time of year, to the Nez Perce Camp, the Siege Area, or the Howitzer Site at any time. However, the visitor center is only open 9am - 5pm in the summers and 10am - 5pm in the winters. The Visitor Center is also closed on federal holidays November - February.

Standard Hours

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Additional Information

Park District

Bear Paw Battlefield

The Bear Paw Battlefield is located 16 miles south of the town of Chinook in north-central Montana. It is open 24/hours/day year round. The only visitor services on site are a pit toilet and picnic tables. Rangers patrol the battlefield regularly. Please call (406) 357-3130 if you would like a ranger-led tour of the battlefield.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

This climatic region is typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Wisdom has a humid continental climate.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fees - $0.00

Big Hole is fee free! We do sell the Senior Pass and the America the Beautiful Pass and issue the Access Pass to those that qualify.

Entrance Passes:

Entrance Passes - $0.00

We sell the Senior Pass and the America the Beautiful Pass and issue the Access Pass to those that qualify.

Visitor Center at the Big Hole National Battlefield

The Visitor Center at the Big Hole National Battlefield is open seven days per week year round except for Federal holidays November - February.

 

Big Hole National Battlefield is the site of unimaginable tragedy as well as a sacred site to the Nez Perce people. The events of August 9 & 10, 1877 will long be remembered by the world and it is our duty to tell the story of what happened here.

The 655 acre park has a visitor center with fully accessible exhibits, a 26 minute film and a place to get out of the weather and still see the park. We have four trails that radiate out of the lower parking lot to go to various parts of the park. Trail guides are available at the trail heads for $1.00.

In the summer plan on spending two hours in the park.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 237
Wisdom, MT 59761

Phone:

(406) 689-3155

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