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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument preserves the history of one of the last battles in the struggle of the Northern Plains Indians to preserve their ancestral way of life. In June, 1876 Lt. Colonel George Custer and the men of the 7th Calvary Regiment that served under him marched into the area of the Little Bighorn River, where the Indians were camped, and made a stand against several thousand Lakota Sioux , Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho Indians. Many of the Indians camped here were running from the restrictions imposed on them when forced to move to reservations. The battle lasted for two days, with Custer and his men defeated, and over 263 soldiers and other U.S. army personnel losing their lives. Although this battle was a great victory of the Indians, it was their last major victory, before they were forced to give up their independent, and nomadic way of life. The monument is 1.2 square miles in size, and is located within the Crow Indian Reservation. There is also a national cemetery on the grounds of the monument.

We visited on a gloomy, gray, late September day, but somehow the gloom fit the emotions of the monument. The battlefield is a somber, historic place to visit, but if you are interested in this famous battle, you will enjoy your visit.

Operating Hours

The Monument is closed on the following holidays:
Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

The Moument is open the rest of the year at these scheduled times
Memorial Day to July 31: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
August 1 to Labor Day: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
September and October (Until daylight savings time): 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
November through March: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
April - May: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

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  • In a nutshell:A Historical National Monument, which preserves the story of Custer’s Last Stand.
  • Last visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated May 23, 2010
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  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Interesting and detailed information you've assembled. Id like to visit this Historic Site someday...I wonder about the markers indicating a casualty.I'm a little surprised that they would in that era record that much detail in an investigation.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Very interesting information on this monument to Custer's last stand, and excellent photos as well! I was able to view the impressive Monument to Sioux chief Crazy Horse a couple of years ago while in the Mount Rushmore NP area of South Dakota.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    Lucky you, you gotten to see the new additions. Thanks for sharing them. I enjoyed your lovely page and photographs!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    Anne, I hope lots of people read these excellent pages; it's page out of history! So well organized and easy to follow. I learned so much. Outstanding photos to accompany these topnotch tips.

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