Big Hole Battlefield
Early on the morning of August 9, 1877, gunfire awakened a band of 800 Nez Perce. The battle, which lasted less than 48 hours, killed nearly 90 Nez Perce men, woman, and children as well as 38 US soldiers.
Now a National Battlefield preserved by the National Park Service, the area features a visitor’s center, walking trails, interpretive signage, and a picnic area. Inside the Visitor’s Center, learn about the Nez Perce people. View the battlefield from the visitor’s center’s high vantage point to understand the Nez Perce encampment and the US Army’s ambush strategy. The Big Hole National Battlefield was created to honor all who were there.