TWO OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITIES to tour the Little Bighorn:
a) 3 hour horseback ride (this does not include historical guiding)
b) Comprehensive tours with indigenous author explaining with insight from BOTH sides what REALLY happened at the Little Bighorn.
a) HORSE BACK RIDING ON THE BATTLEFIELD (3 hour ride):
Follow 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. You will 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. 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. Do not miss this historic opportunity; 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. You don't need to be an experienced rider to head back to June 25, 1876
Please note: Our horseback riding season starts in May and usually finishes around November, but our guidelines are weather driven.
b) THE RUBBING OUT OF LONG HAIR: Hear what REALLY happened that day (tour led by one of the top six tour guides worldwide, Wanderlust 2007):
The Little Bighorn - no introduction maybe necessary, but explanation and interpretation is! If you are interested in true story of the Little Bighorn, the Park Service road isn't enough for you... you need to see the land and hear the realities 'in situ'. Moving in the footsteps of the participants of the battle, cut through the myths and reinvention, and touch both the military and Indian perspectives from the most famous battle in Western history. This is history presented as we know it, passed down through the oral tradition of native nations, and backed up with extensive research. This is not an image created for native people, it is one created by native people, from the first hand accounts of the ancestors who were at the Little Bighorn, and lived through that era. The story of the engagement is revealed, and the roles of the participants are placed into full context. Which Lakota and Cheyenne leaders inspired the critical movements on the field? Was it really ‘Custer’s Last Stand’? With this perspective, you will find those, and many more answers for yourself.
- Ancient Ways of the Hopi
- Bear Medicine - Native American stories and wildlife
- Yellowstone Is Indian Country
plus other outstanding cultural journeys to Alaska, and Hawaii make us one of National Geographic's Top 50 Tours of a Lifetime.
- Remember to bring water on Battlefield Rides, and to follow the advice of your guides/wranglers to the letter. You don't need to be experienced on horseback to participate, but please be aware that although these horses are well trained and responsive, this is NOT nose-to-tail trail riding. Children under 14 not recommended unless they are experienced riders.
- Please be aware that as with ALL horseback riding businesses in WY, MT, SD, NE, no-one will be allowed on the Real Bird's horses without first signing their waiver of responsibility form. If you choose not to sign please don't book a ride because you will not be able to ride without doing so.
Tariff: 3 hour rides $120 per person. These rides are geographically guided but do not include historical interpretation.
Also see tour packages in:
USA Montana Wyoming South Dakota Local Culture Native Americans Military History