The Spalding Visitor is open every day. During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) the park will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Daily Programs at Spalding Visitor Center
Tipi Pitching. At 9:30 am daily, help the rangers set up the park's full size tipi. Program lasts 30 minutes.
Daily Ranger Programs. At 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, join the park staff as they share the stories and legacies of the Nez Perce people and culture. Programs last about 25 minutes.
Junior Ranger Programs. Want to be a Junior Ranger? Children between the ages of 5 and 12 are invited. Bring the entire family and earn a junior ranger badge! Booklet and patch are free; donations accepted.
Films. Nez Perce: Portrait of a People tells the story of the Nez Perce people. The film is shown throughout the day on request and is closed captioned and audio described.
Big Hole National Battlefield Summer Programs
All times listed are for Mountain Daylight Time.
The Big Hole visitor center is open every day. During the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) the park will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Tipi Pitching. At 9:30 am daily, help the rangers set up the park's full size tipi. Program lasts 25 minutes. If you can't make the morning setup, you can help take it down at 4:00 pm.
Battlefield Tours. Ranger led tours of the battlefield are available daily at 10:30 am. Self-guided trail brochures are available at each of the trailheads.
Deck talks. On the observation desk adjacent to the visitor center, Rangers give short talks about the events of 1877 at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm daily
Films: Weet'uciklitukt: There's No Turning Back, Battle at Big Hole is shown on request.
Summer Speaker Series
June 28/29: Josiah and Allen Pinkham- A fascinating program on the traditions and culture of the Nez Perce people.
July 5/6: Vivan Wilson - Vivian will talk about cradleboards in Nez Perce history and culture.
July 12/13: Leroy Seth and Silas Whiman - Leroy's talk is based on the pow-wow as an art form and Silas will be discussing the use and access of traditional resources. (ie: roots, herbs, cultural practices, etc.)
July 26/27: Michael Johnson and Shawna Gavin- Stickgame returns! Michael and Shawna will be teaching visitors stickgame and weaving.
August 2/3: Bessie Blackeagle - Nimipuutimit or the Nez Perce language is the subject of Bessie's presentations.
August 9/10: Annual Commemoration - Mike Penney and Nez Perce Nation Drum - Honor those who fought and died here and pay tribute to those who survived. Nez Perce Drum will also perform on Saturday at 7:00 pm at the May Creek Campground and again on Sunday at noon at the Big Hole visitor center.
August 16/17 – Bob Brown - Mr. Brown portrays Major Charles Rawn, a veteran of 1877 and the frontier.