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Montana's lesser known National Parks

Discover Montana's National Parks through the lens of Brian D’Ambrosio, guest writer

Battle of the Little Bighorn

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument memorializes the site of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which took place on June 25-26, 1876. 
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Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area

Explore the majestic landscape of this dramatic canyon. Experience the history these canyon walls hold.
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Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Step back in time to the era of the Fur Trade. This trading post on the upper Missouri has been preserved to look and feel like a hub for fur traders, explorers, and early settlers.
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Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

This ranch used to be home to a 10 million acre cattle empire. Now, it commemorates the role of cattlemen in American history. Grab a pair of cowboy boots and experience the ranch life.
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Lewis and Clark Trail

Follow along the Missouri River to discover Lewis and Clark’s quest to find the Northwest Passage. See all the landmarks famous to their journey in Montana from the Gates of the Mountains to Pompey’s Pillar. 
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Nez Perce Trail

The Nez Perce (Nimíipuu or Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail passes through Montana and finds its end at the Bear Paw Battlefield near Chinook, Montana. This trail memorializes the flight of the Nez Pearce from their homeland. 
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About Brian D'Ambrosio

Brian D'Ambrosio lives in Helena, Montana. He has written more than 500 articles for publications as diverse as USA Today, High Country News, Sunset, The Smithsonian, and Backpacker Magazine. One of his most recent books, "Life in the Trenches," examined the complicated, rugged lives of legendary boxers, entertainment wrestlers, 1980s actors and contemporary musicians,and earned an independent book publishing award for nonfiction.