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SPEND TIME BACK IN MONTANA AND WYOMING, 1876

GETAWAY! WALK BACK IN TIME TO 1876

 

Give yourself a GETAWAY break like no other: Leave work behind  and fly to Billings, Montana for a walk back in time to 1876!  

Relax:  All the arrangements are made for you. The only thing you have to do is book your flight and get here. 

Choose from two comprehensive options:  These tours have been carefully created for you in historical order so they make sense as a chronological story.

FIND OUT: what led to the most famous battle for freedom on the Plains?

LEARN THE INSIDE STORY: Why did it happen? How did the battle unfold?  

UNDERSTAND: What were the consequences for Native people across this land?

Custer had never seen the valley of the Little Bighorn before and was reliant upon his Crow scouts and civilian guides to inform him of what might lie ahead.  He intended to keep his command concealed near the Wolf Mountains throughout June 25 so his men could rest and he and his officers could prepare the attack he intended to launch the following morning.

 

However, intelligence he received early on June 25 convinced him that he must attack immediately or risk the Indians scattering, which was the military’s greatest fear – that the Lakota and Cheyenne would melt into the landscape and the campaign would become a costly and lengthy pursuit, and possible humiliation if they failed to cow the Indians.

 

The Lakota and Cheyenne encampment was large but not anything like the exaggerated proportion that has been portrayed since that day. Approximately 650 tipis were arranged along the Little Bighorn River, loosely conforming to traditional tribal designations.

 

In the village there was approximately 850 men and boys who might fight. As Reno advanced most people were going about their everyday business; some of the men were fishing, some were digging wild turnips, Chief Gall was eating his lunch, but the calm was disrupted when Little Bear came thundering into the village: his son had just been killed by scouts and the soldiers were coming.

 

Immediately the Hunkpapa Lakota of Sitting Bull, the people camped at the south end of the village in Reno’s line of fire, prepared to defend the village. Sitting Bull was a spiritual and civil leader, his days of war had passed, and he did not participate in the fight as a combatant. Instead, he gave his sacred items of war to his nephew, One Bull, and told him to defend the people when it was obvious that the soldiers had not come to talk.

WHERE?
Montana and Wyoming
 
WHEN?
Tours run between May and October.
 
STARTING/ENDING POINT
Meet at your Billings, MT hotel
You will be dropped at the hotel.
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Your choice. If you want to see everything, you need a basic fitnes level to be able to walk, but its perfectly feasible to do most of this tour with a lesser physical component
 
WHAT'S INCLUDED
All guiding
Hotels from arrival to departure nights
All tour transportation
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Meals
Flights
 
MEALS
We do not include meals so that you are able to make your best choices on what to eat and what to spend on food. Everyone is different.
Lunch at the Little Bighorn is usualy at the Custer Battlefield Trading Post, but at other sites we must often take box lunches because there are no restaurants near.
Dinner venues depend on your choice of hotel package. You can choose from full service to budget accommodations and facilities at properties vary. 
 
FLIGHTS
You will need to arrive in
Billings MT (BIL)  and your arrival time is entirely your own choice.
 
You should always book return flights for the morning AFTER you visit the Little Bighorn.
We cannot guarantee to get you to the airport in time for a late afternoon flight on the day of a LBH tour.
Why?
 
The last day of each option is the Little Bighorn; a story that cannot be told swiftly if our guides are to fulfill their commitment not just to you, but also to the participants of the battle... our guides are committed to giving the best version they can to honor their lives, and in some cases their deaths.

Option 2

    Day 1:    Fetterman Battlefield

    Day 2:    The Deer Medicine Rocks 

    Day 3:    Rosebud Battlefield and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation

    Day 4:    Little Bighorn Battlefield

 

    Day 1:    Fetterman Battlefield

    Day 2:    The Deer Medicine Rocks

    Day 3:    Rosebud Battlefield and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation

    Day 4:    Lake De Smet & the Cheyennes, Bighorn Mountains (Crazy Horse's favorite place)

    Day 5:    Little Bighorn Battlefield   

Option 1

WEEKEND TRIPS are PRIVATE tours with logistical arrangements that can be

customized to your needs.

 

TARIFFS: Discover Private Getaways start at $4297 per private tour, +$1197per extra person (up to 4 people total per tour.)
 

Upgrades are available at extra cost, and please note: early bookings are important if you want to customize your hotel/vehicle bookings  and particularly if you plan to travel in high season.

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