Plan Your Visit

A visit to Big Hole should begin at the visitor center. A film, museum, and book store provide an overview of the events that took place on the battlefield in August of 1877. During the summer months, ranger-guided activities take place daily.

Big Hole National Battlefield is part of Nez Perce National Historical Park that has thirty-eight sites spread over four states (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington) that touch on many of the threads that make up the Nez Perce story. Join us in commemorating the history of a culture that has left a distinctive mark on the history of the west and continue to make contributions to the tapestry that is the American experience.

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.

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.

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.

students in a tepee practice a skill with a cultural demonstrator during Coyote Camp

Education Programs for School Groups

Schedule a ranger program for your students! Reservations are now being accepted for Big Hole's premier education program, Coyote Camp.

Blue camas bloom in the foreground and the tipi frames from the Nez Perce encampment

Directions to the Battlefields

Directions to the Big Hole and Bear Paw 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.

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Fees, Permits, and Reservations

Learn about fees, reservations, and permits required for recreating, filming, researching, or doing business at the battlefields.

Image looking up from battlefield towards two stone monuments and several wayside signs.

Discover Bear Paw Battlefield

The Bear Paw Battlefield commemorates the final battle of the Nez Perce War of 1877.

Photo of regulations signage at a trailhead that reads no hunting, no camping, no collecting.

Rules and Regulations

What should I do with artifacts I find? Are drones allowed? Where can I take my gun? Know before you go!

Last updated: December 16, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 237
Wisdom, MT 59761


(406) 689-3155

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