Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes a major battle fought on June 25, 1876, between Lakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, against the United States Army. We learned in history that General Custer died at the Little Bighorn, but when you actually go to the area and see the river, ravines and hills that they were fighting in, it makes more sense. That’s one thing I like about going to monuments, battlefields, etc. now is that history makes sense that way. (More than it did in school!)  There is a visitor’s center with a film to watch, some self-guided trails, monuments, cemetery, and a 4.5 mile drive to the Reno-Benteen Battlefield. There is RV parking by the visitor’s center, but I would suggest unhooking if you have a tow vehicle and use that if you want to stop along the way. I believe there’s a tour bus in the summer also. Traffic was consistent the day we were there, after Labor Day; I can’t imagine what it’s like in summer.

There is a re-enactment of Custer’s Last Stand the last week of July, but it’s not at the Battlefield.
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