BATTL E FI ELD HORSEBACK R I DES
3 HOUR RIDE ON THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
YOUR ROUTE ACROSS THE BATTLEFIELD
Follow the Crow scouts and Custer’s 7th to Medicine Tail Coulee, and then re-trace Crazy Horse’s route from the village to Calhoun Hill, stopping at each significant site within the story of the engagement.
Pursue Crazy Horse and Custer, White Bull and White-Man-Runs-Him, across the hallowed ground between the National Park Service boundaries at the Reno-Benteen Battlefield and Calhoun Hill. Experience Weir Point on the ride from Cedar Coulee into Medicine Tail Coulee, before descending to the Little Bighorn River, which you will cross at the ford.
Then ride through the Oglala and Cheyenne village area, and then re-cross the Little Bighorn, tracing Crazy Horse’s movements as he led his men up Deep Coulee towards Calhoun Hill.
ABOUT YOUR RIDE
Contrary to popular belief, the National Park Service does not own the Little Bighorn Battlefield lands. They lease the 4 mile road through the middle of the battlefield and have access to 6 feet either side of the road. This is a 3 hour trail on tribal lands.
Please note the following:
There are no conveniences on the ride.
Very limited cell service
You do need to carry water with you
You must wear heeled shoes or boots. Absolutely no trainers or flip flops please.
If you don't have safe footwear you will not be able to ride and will lose your deposit.
You don't need to be an experienced rider to head back to June 25, 1876, but all riders must follow the advice of the guides/wranglers to the letter. And although you don't need to be an experienced horseback rider to participate, please be aware that despite these horses being well trained and responsive, this is NOT nose-to-tail trail riding.
This is a historic opportunity to stare out across this sacred land and truly see the terrain as the warriors and troopers saw it on that legendary June day; Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
Your wranglers are world class horsemen, but they are not historians. They will point out the sites across the battlefield, and you will have a fabulous time with them (see testimonials) but for the full story, and to cut through the myths and reinventions of the most famous battle in Western history, please consider our Ride & Guide package where you ride in the morning and tour the battlefield through the afternooon.
The rides begin on a private tribal ranch near exit 510 off I-90. The town of Hardin offers the nearest accommodations (about 10 minutes away) but Sheridan WY (a small western town with nice hotels and great independent restaurants and shopping) or Billings MT (mid-sized Montana city with many hotel chains and restaurants and shops) are about equidistant from the battlefield and both offer considerably more options if you are looking for high quality hotels and other services.
The Little Bighorn Battlefield
Duration: Approx 8-11am
We ride in the morning when we can. It gets hot on the battlefield and everyone is more comfortable riding before the heat of the day hits. Evening rides are sometimes possible. Please call.
Full directions emailed upon booking and payment of deposit
Rides are available most days
May through October.
Riding at Reenactment time :
Rides are generally less available through the Reenactment week (nearest to June 25th) from the Thurs-Sun. The prep for the reenactment is very busy. T
here is usually a ride on the Monday after at 4pm.
If you are interested in being part of the Reenactment, please email here for details of a brand new opportunity to spend time in Crow Country.
Riding during Crow Fair
Rides are also limited through
Crow Fair (third full w/e in August).
We understand visitors like to combine all experiences while here at Crow Agency, but Crow Fair is the biggest celebration on the tribe's cultural calendar. It's family time. You cannot book online for that week - please call to book 307 699 6015 or email here
Activity level: Medium. You must be agile enough to get on and off your horse (with help if needed) and to stay in the saddle for 3 hours. Note - there are no bathrooms alongthe ride.
How to pay:
We take a $50 deposit via an online link in order to save your place for your ride. The balance of $95 must be paid direct IN CASH to the wrangler on the day of your ride. Wranglers don't have credit card facilities and they cannot take checks.
Little Bighorn Horseback Ride - $145 per rider for 3hr (approx) ride.
Ride and Guide - $550 tour fee plus $145 per rider
Group rides of more than 8, please call for pricing (307) 699 6015 or email here
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you consider yourself to be a serious horseback rider, or you want to bring your own horses,
please DO NOT hit the 'book now' button! Instead please call the office on 307 699 6015 or email here.
Testimonials- coming soon
Gallery of past rides - coming soon
How hot does it get in Montana in summer?
Temperatures vary through the summer, anywhere from high 70s to mid 90s, but expect hot days and balmy nights.
What should I wear?
Be comfortable! Jeans are fine, and if its a hot day, long sleeves are a good idea to avoid sunburn - there is no shelter from the sun out on the battlefield. You need shoes/boots with heels. Please don't try to ride without - it is not safe.
Do I need to be a good rider?
No. You don't need to be an experienced rider, and the wranglers will make sure you know what you are doing before you leave the to cross the Little Bighorn River.
Will my wrangler tell the story of the battle as we ride across the battlefield?
No. This is a ride across the battlefield and your wrangles will point out land features and historical places, but they are not historians and will not be telling the full story as you go. If you want the whole story from tribal historians, please book Ride and Guide (an all-day experience beginning at 8am through late afternoon.
Is there a weight restriction for riders?
We need to know if anyone in your party is 230 lb or above. This doesn't mean you can't ride, but we do need to have the right horses available.
Is there an age restriction for riders?
We don't have a specific age, but we don't recommend the ride for younger kids. This is not nose-to-tail riding, and although we can sometimes offer kids horses or leading reins, it can also be a hot and lengthy ride for youngsters.
We don't have an upper limit either - people know their own abilities and usually know if they feel able to sit on a horse for 3 hours.
Am I insured to ride?
Not by us! You should check your own vacation insurance to be sure you are insured to ride. Not all insurance packages include horseback riding, and you may need to pay an additional charge to cover yourself. Like everyone who rides in the Western states, you MUST sign a waiver form indemnifying us and holding us harmless in the event of any injury of any kind. We (Little Bighorn Tours, Go Native America or the Real Bird Family) are not responsible for any injury you may sustain on a Little Bighorn Horseback Ride.
Will I get to ride on Last Stand Hill?
The Monument at Last Stand Hill is out of bounds to riders. It is a pedestrian area and we do not ride horseback to it. You are welcome to visit the area yourself on foot before or after your ride.