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Bear Paw Battlefield

Highway 240, Chinook, MT
+1 406-357-2590
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Bear Paw was the site of the last battle of the Nez Perce war in October 1877. It is about 16... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
South Florida, Florida
Winds on the Prairie

This is the site of the battle and surrender of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce nation. They were 40... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2017
Barb W
via mobile
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Highway 240, Chinook, MT
+1 406-357-2590
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Bear Paw was the site of the last battle of the Nez Perce war in October 1877. It is about 16 miles south of Chinook, in northern Montana, run by the National Park Service. A hidden gem, for sure! There is no visitor center at...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

This is the site of the battle and surrender of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce nation. They were 40 miles from freedom. An eerie place. The winds across the Prairie grasses sing the cries of the fallen. While there we experienced a terrific rain...More

Thank Barb W
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This national park is a simple but very significant historic site. My tour guide told me a general history of the Nez Perce Flight and then took me on a walking tour. He was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the story of this tribe of...More

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Before you go to the site, watch the video at the Museum and Visitor Centre. Then walk slowly around the site and let the video evoke the story of the battle for you. Heartbreaking.

Thank juviall
Reviewed 17 October 2016

It feels amazing walking the grounds of where the battle took place. You can feel the souls, the sadness. A nice walk, but wear walking shoes.They were so close to safety.

Thank Debra G
Reviewed 22 September 2016

A somber, spiritual visit to a place where the Nez Perce came to the end of their journey trying to escape to Canada. There is a mile+ walk around the battlefield with explanations of how the battle progressed. Many tokens of respect are left at...More

Thank JMick6
Reviewed 16 September 2016

I have been wanting to stop here ever since I read a book on Chief Joseph and the flight of the New Perce in their attempt to reach safety in Canada. It is a beautiful setting to walk along the trail and learn more about...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The desolation of this battlefield reflects the sadness of the Nez Perce war of 1877 that ends here. Cut off from their horses by a surprise cavalry attack, the Nez Perce were not able to make the last 30 miles to the Canadian border and...More

Thank HereWeGo282
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Unfortunately, the museum was closed when we went. It's only open Mondays through Fridays. The road is now paved all the way to the battlefield. The area is lovely, with great historical markers and plaques. There is also a ranger available to talk about the...More

Thank WhirledPeas
Reviewed 20 October 2015

The Bear Paw battlefield is best viewed following a trip to the Blaine County museum in Chinook. Museum has a full explanation of the battlefield site and the events leading up the fight. What is less understandable is why the army did not just let...More

Thank Anv1661
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