“Custard' Last Stand”
Visitors can watch an orientation video, at the visitor center's. Among other things to do visit the Indian Memorial , the 7th cavalry Monument on top of Last Stand Hill, a.k.a. "Custer's Last Stand", Walk the 1/4 mile Deep Ravine trail or drive the 4.5 mile tour road to the Reno-Benteen Battlefield site.
History nerds get ready: this place is awesome. Visit the Native American part of the memorial first and really read it. Combined with the rest of the history from the area, I dare you not to want to cry. This site more than anything else we visited really made me realize how much we messed up, betrayed, and ruined Native American culture and lifestyle. You need to visit this to really better understand American History.
I visited on a very windy day, so my experience was a bit effected by the fact that I was taking everything in with strong gusts of wind knocking me about. But here's what you'll see, rows upon rows of white grave markers in front of the parking lot. Each one for a soldier, and the impact will take your breath away. Next, I recommend that you go through the visitor center and see the little museum--there is a fair amount of artifacts. Next, hop back into your car for a drive down a paved road through the historic land. There are a number of stops with notable historic markers. You'll see lots of headstones marking where soldiers and warriors alike fell in battle. You'll drive through several confusing fences that seem to imply you are on private land, but keep driving until you reach the turn around point. Once you return to the parking lot, I recommend that you then get out and walk to the Monument (you will have driven past it by now but the impact will be greater because you saw the land). You'll see the marker for where Custer fell, the marker where Crazy Horse fell, and countless others. Entering the circular cement area, you'll see a sculpture of native americans on horseback. But I was most impressed with the lovely portraits etched in the cement. Look closely or you might miss how artfully these were done. All in all, it was an interesting and historic stop on my trip out West.
If you are at all an American history buff, this is one for the bucket list. I remember visiting here as a child in the 70s and remember the story was all about Custer. It's important that this has changed. The scenery is amazing here. The peacefulness of the wind blown prairie grass and tombstones puts you in a reflective mood of what happened here, and why.
My husband and I spent a gorgeous fall day here in September 2015. Little Bighorn Battlefield had long been on our wish list of places to visit. As with a number of Civil War battlefields we have visited, it is difficult to reconcile the carnage of the battle with the pastoral beauty of the setting. It is hallowed ground and I was pleased to see the Native Americans' side of the conflict as well as the US cavalry's side memorialized. The park service does a good job in explaining the battle with a small museum, a short film and plentiful markers scattered throughout the vast tract of land that makes up the National Monument. There's also a narrated tour available on cd for purchase at the visitor center, I'd recommend this purchase as it adds to the experience with a deeper understanding of events. Little Bighorn Battlefield is a sacred site and its attendant somber atmosphere was reflected in the demeanor of our fellow visitors on the day we visited. If you are at all interested in this chapter of US history, a visit to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is a must.
I haven't been here since I was a little kid, but I remember being blown away by the somber history of the battlefield. If you're into American history then you should definitely check out Little Bighorn, especially because I think that it provided some of the best contextual treatment of this period in our nation's past.
On June 26, 1876, Lt. Col. George A. Custer led 263 soldiers against several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. The Battle would be known as The Battle of Little Bighorn. According to some historians, Captain Grant Marsh was making his way on the steamboat "Far West" to provide General Custer with reinforcements and supplies.
Very spiritual. Especially on Memorial Day. Also sobering when you really think about what happened and see the battlefields, with the white headstones sprinkled about....
Go to the visitor center first. If you get the chance they have a guide that gives you information before you head out make sure you take some time to listen because they really do set the scene. Follow the map stop by stop in order and you won't regret it. I would recommend going in the evening it just seems to add to the experience.
The visitor's center was closed due to Covid, but we did the self guided loop up top, its a little over 5 mile drive up the hill, but the walk isn't easy and paved. The cemetery was interesting, we walked the length of it, but with stuff closed the whole tour took about two hours total. Not a bad stop but if out of your way maybe not right now
There are no words to describe what it is like to stand where history has taken place, where Indian warriors, American soldiers and their horses have lost their lives in the very short but violent battle. The entrance fee is $25 per vehicle and it's worth every penny to be able to gain knowledge about this historical place.
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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
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