Indian Country Featured Road Trip
This history-packed trip starts in Billings and travels across Southeast Montana to showcase some of the best Native American warrior history of the Great Plains. Hear tales of tribal war chiefs, see historic battlefields and explore ancient indigenous art. Travel this route to learn more about the culture and history of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes.
Stop at the Four Dances Natural Area for a scenic nature hike overlooking the Yellowstone River. Farther down the road, stop to walk the short trails of Pictograph Cave State Park and witness the unique pictographs left by ancient storytellers from hundreds of years ago. Learn about the fascinating life of the last traditional Crow war chief at Chief Plenty Coups State Park near Pryor.
History is captured within the walls of the Custer Battlefield Museum on the Crow Reservation. Travel into history on a guided tour of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument with Apsaalooke Tours in Crow Agency. From your vehicle, receive a personal step-on tour with Indian Battle Tours. Watch history come alive at the Real Bird’s Reenactment of the Battle of the Little Bighorn held annually in June. Extend your stay in Crow Agency and spend the night in a luxury teepee with the Apsaalooke Glamping Company. If you want a day on the water, rent a pontoon boat from Ok-A-Beh Marina and explore the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.
Stop by Wellknown Buffalo Coffee House for a refreshing drink or meet the friendly staff at the Custer Battlefield Trading Post and Café for an appetizing bison burger or authentic Indian taco. Browse the gift shop to find a stunning array of floral-designed beaded jewelry, brightly decorated textiles or handcrafted beaded leather moccasins. Gather supplies for your own arts and crafts or shop at the Medicine Turtle and River Crow Trading Posts to bring home authentic Crow design artwork, signature Crow floral medallion necklaces or a brightly colored star quilt. In the summer months, stop by the Saturday Apsaalooke Community Market for authentic artwork and beaded jewelry decorated with the unique Crow hourglass design. Then, grab lunch from one of the many food vendors who incorporate locally grown fruits and vegetables into authentic native cuisine.
Explore Rosebud Battlefield State Park located just south of Busby or visit the Chief Two Moons Monument, created in honor of a Northern Cheyenne chief who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn and was a model for the famous buffalo nickel. Continue driving to the Tongue River Reservoir State Park for a modern frontier camping adventure complete with a camp store and panoramic lake views. Drive to Ashland and explore St. Labre Mission and Cheyenne Museum to learn about the connection between the mission and Northern Cheyenne. Shop Lame Deer Trading Post for travel essentials, then buy gifts of wild plum jelly, herbal-infused beauty products or beaded jewelry incorporating the symmetrical morning star design, made by local Northern Cheyenne crafters at the Warrior Trail Jewelry and Gifts, and visit neighboring shops in the Cheyenne Commerce Center.