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.
Attend a guided tour of the battlefield, a ranger talk at the visitor center, or a special cultural demonstrator's program.
Explore Our Hiking Trails
Experience the sacred nature of this battleground year-round by hiking one of our three trails.
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.
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.
Directions to Big Hole
Directions to the Big Hole National Battlefield.
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.
Fees, Permits, and Reservations
Learn about fees, permits, and reservations required for recreating, filming, researching, or doing business at the battlefields.
Rules and Regulations
What should I do with artifacts I find? Are drones allowed? Where can I take my gun? Know before you go!
Places to Go
Explore the array of sites that make up the Nez Perce National Historical Park.
Last updated: February 7, 2018