Highlights of our Itinerary
OCTOBER 5: arrive Billings, Montana, check into the Boothill Inn & Suites (free airport shuttle). We’ll kick things off Monday night with a pizza/beer/wine reception. Meet your host, and tour guide, pick up your map packet and other registration info, and hear an orientation talk by Neil to set the stage for the rest of the week.
OCTOBER 6: first stop, Canyon Creek Battlefield (Flight of the Nez Perce). Lunch stop in Hardin, Montana. For the balance of the afternoon, we’ll explore the site of the Hayfield Fight, the Connor Battlefield (on the Tongue River near present-day Ranchester, Wyoming) and Sawyer’s fight (where the Bozeman Trail crossed the Tongue). Last, we’ll examine General George Crook’s campsite, before checking into our hotel in Sheridan. Dinner on your own.
OCTOBER 7: a rare visit to the Dull Knife Battlefield, where Col. Ranald Mackenzie with over 1,000 cavalry and Indian scouts attacked a Cheyenne village on the Red Fork of Powder River, on November 25, 1876. Box lunch provided. Other stops on this day: Fort Reno ruins on the Powder River, and a visit to the site of the Templeton fight, July 20, 1866, on the Bozeman Trail. Overnight in Sheridan. Dinner on your own.
OCTOBER 8: on this day we’ll visit the incomparable Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, in Buffalo, Wyoming, followed by a stop at the historic Fort Phil Kearny Museum. After lunch in Sheridan, Neil will conduct the group on walking tours of the Fetterman Battlefield, and the Wagon Box Fight. From there, we’ll retire to our Sheridan hotel. Dinner on your own.
OCTOBER 9: the day begins with a walking tour of the pristine Rosebud Battlefield, the critical prelude to the Little Bighorn. After a delicious Indian Taco at the Custer Battlefield Trading Post (included in your registration), we’ll spend the balance of the day exploring the Little Bighorn Battlefield. From there, we’ll return to the Boothill Inn in Billings. Bonus: as time permits, we’ll walk across the street to the Boothill Cemetery and hear the story of Muggins Taylor, who carried news of the battle to Bozeman. Paying our respects at Muggins Taylor's grave marks the end of our tour. If you plan to spend the night in Billings, please make those arrangements ahead of time (the Boothill Inn will extend the same rate). If you're headed to the airport, transportation can be arranged—it is a short distance from the Boothill Inn.
About our guide
Neil Mangum is one of the nation’s preeminent authorities on the American West, and a highly sought-after guide to the Indian Wars. His long career with the NPS included serving as historian, and later, superintendent at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, and Chiricahua National Monument & Fort Bowie Historic Site in Arizona. He is the author of the first, in-depth study of the Battle of the Rosebud, and has been leading tours of Northern Plains sites for decades. He’ll be on hand throughout for personal engagement on these fascinating episodes. [Photo: Neil during our 2018 Little Bighorn Battlefield tour, discussing the fighting in the Keogh Sector]
Photo above: our group visiting the pristine Rosebud Battlefield in October of 2018.
Red Cloud (Library of Congress)
Fetterman Battlefield monument, 20 miles
south of Sheridan, Wyoming
Last Stand Hill, Little Bighorn National Monument
Included in your registration: 4 nights comfortable lodging (if you wish to stay over a 5th night upon our return to Billings, please book that night yourself), breakfast each morning, two lunches (two on your own), and our opening night pizza/beer/wine reception. Also included, a seat on our state-of-the-art, luxury motor coach, entrance fees to all museums or other pay sites, all tours, professional coordination and assistance by your on-board tour host, and the services of our expert guide.
$981 per person for double-occupancy hotel rooms (if paying
for both, please choose "Qty 2" in the next window)
$1246 for single-occupancy hotel rooms (change the drop
down menu at right to select "single occupancy")
To register by personal check or money order, send to:
Woodbury Historical Tours
PO Box 60085
Palo Alto, CA 94306