Directions

 
A wooden sign with the words "Big Hole National Battlefield Nez Perce National Historic Park" carved onto it with the the National Park Service, Nez Perce National Historic Trail, & Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail logos attached.
This is the sign at the entrance to the Big Hole National Battlefield on MT Hwy 43.

Getting to Big Hole National Battlefield

Big Hole is located on Highway 43 ten miles west of the town of Wisdom in southwestern Montana.

Location

  • Physical address:
    16425 Hwy 43 West
    Wisdom, MT 59761
  • Latitude/Logitude:
    45°38'27.64"N / 113°38'35.88"W

Driving to Big Hole:

  • From I-15 at Dillon, MT take Highway 278 sixty-five miles northwest to Wisdom, MT. Turn west on MT Highway 43 and drive ten miles west to the battlefield.
  • From I-15 at Divide, MT take Highway 43 sixty-two miles west through Wisdom, MT to the battlefield.
  • From I-90 at Missoula, MT, take US 93 ninety-eight miles south through the Bitterroot Valley to Lost Trail Pass. Turn east on Highway 43 and drive 17 miles east to the battlefield.
  • From Salmon, ID take US 93 forty-six miles north to Lost Trail Pass. Turn east on Highway 43 and drive 17 miles east to the battlefield.

Nearby Airports:

  • The Bert-Mooney Airport in Butte, MT is located 90 miles northeast of the battlefield.
  • The Missoula International Airport is located 115 miles northwest of the battlefield.
  • The Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport is located 160 miles east of the battlefield.
  • The Glacier Park International Airport near Kalispell, MT is located 235 miles north of the battlefield.

Nearby Bus Stations

  • A Greyhound Bus Station is located in Dillon, MT 75 miles southeast of the park.
  • A Greyhound Bus Station is located in Butte, MT 90 miles northeast of the battlefield.
  • A Greyhound Bus Station is located in Missoula, MT 115 miles northwest of the battlefield.

Public Transportation

Public transportation is not available; however, car rentals are available in each of the nearby communities with greyhound stations and airports.

 

Distances to Other Public Lands in Montana

  • Big Hole and Bear Paw battlefields are 395 miles away from each other.
  • Canyon Creek Battlefield, another battle site between the Nez Perce and the US army during the Flight of 1877, is located 305 miles east of Big Hole and 245 miles south of Bear Paw near Laurel, MT.
  • Fort Fizzle Historic Site, a site of avoided conflict between the Nez Perce and the US army during the Flight of 1877, is located 105 miles north of Big Hole and 330 miles southeast of Bear Paw.
  • Glacier National Park (St. Mary Entrance) is located 230 miles west of Bear Paw and 355 miles north of Big Hole.
  • Yellowstone National Park (North Entrance Road on Highway 89 south of Gardiner, MT) is located 365 miles south of Bear Paw and 250 miles southeast of Big Hole.
  • Little Big Horn Battlefield is located 270 miles south of Bear Paw and 370 miles west of Big Hole.
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site is located 85 miles northeast of Big Hole and 290 miles southwest of Bear Paw.
  • The Upper River Missouri Breaks National Monument interpretive center is located 115 miles southwest of Bear Paw and 285 miles northeast of Big Hole.

 

For More Information

Official Big Hole National Battlefield Map and Brochure

The official brochure and map for Big Hole National Battlefield is available for download below.

Nez Perce Trail Auto Tour

The staff at the Nez Perce National Historic Trail have developed auto tours with travel instructions for retracing the route of the Nez Perce along with maps, graphics, and details about the confilct at sites you can see along the way. Download Auto Tour 3 and Auto Tour 4 for more details about the Big Hole Battle, or email us to receive a free printed copy.

Last updated: April 11, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 237
Wisdom, MT 59761

Phone:

(406) 689-3155

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