BATTL E FI ELD HORSEBACK R I DES 

3 HOUR RIDE ON THE LITTLE BIGHORN BATTLEFIELD
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follow the story of the fight on the little bighorn battlefield
custer battlefield little bighorn

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.

  • 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. 

YOUR WRANGLERS

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS NEARBY

The rides begin on a private tribal ranch near exit 510 off I-90.

Nearest accommodaton is in Hardin, MT about 10 minutes away) 

Sheridan WY and Billings MT are about equidistant from the battlefield and both offer considerably more options. 

We have some OUTSTANDING OFFERS on accommodations to pass along to our clients. If you are looking for high quality hotels, booking with us can save you hundreds of $$.  

RIDE TARIFFS

Little Bighorn Horseback Ride  - $149 per rider for 3hr (approx) ride.

Ride & Guide  - $550 tour fee plus $149 per rider
 

Group rides of more than 8, please call for pricing  (307) 699 6015 or email here

RIDE DETAILS

  

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. Afternoon ridesfrom 3-6pm are sometimes possible.
Please call. 

        

Meeting Place:

Full directions emailed upon booking and payment of deposit

    

Availability: 

Rides are available most days

May through October. 

 

Riding at Reenactment time :

The prep for the reenactment is a very busy time and we do not offer rides the day before, or on any re-enactment day.  There is usually a ride on the Monday after at 4pm.

 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 along the ride.

 

PAYMENTS

We take a $49 deposit via an online link in order to save your place for your ride.
The balance of $100 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.

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.

Important Note

Covid 19

May 1, 2021

We continue to be cautious regarding Covid 19 and require that visitors wear masks in the company of our guides.  Once you are on horseback, please take off your mask and enjoy the beautiful fresh Montana air. 
 

Native American communities have been amongst the worst hit by this virus in the United States, and the overwhelming loss of so many elders has been devastating, not just to their families, but to communities and cultures as a whole

since often its the elders who are the language speakers and knowledge keepers.

If there is even the slightest chance that our guides and wranglers could get this virus despite having being vaccinated, it is a chance not worth taking.

 

Please respect the continued need for caution.

Thank you.

FAQs

    

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, shorts usually are not 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 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 for everyone's comfort 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.