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Address: Highway 240, Chinook, MT
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Great for history buffs!

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 October 2016
Debra G
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Norman, Oklahoma
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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 significant spots along the trail. Once a battlefield, now a place of beauty and serenity.

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Grapeview, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

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 their final battle with the US Cavalry. It is also very sobering and thought provoking... More 

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Albany, California
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 freedom. A noble tribe which tried to avoid war with the army. The battlefield brings... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 battle and the circumstances leading up to it. It's definitely worth the stop when driving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 the Nez Perceretreat into Canada. The battlefield site is a ceremonial site for the Nez... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

The end of the flight of the Nez Perce ended here. The site is astonishingly beautiful and bitterly sad. Bring a prayer, however you know prayers to be. This is a spiritual site. Trails give you access to all areas of the site. Do make sure you take the spur trail to the "Point of Rocks" and the "rifle pits":... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

The battlefield itself is complemented by the Blaine County Museum, so you should try to see that too. I saw this place on a Sunday afternoon. I briefly met the ranger, who seemed very friendly. After parking my car, I began to walk a mowed 1.25 mile trail loop around the battlefield. The amazing part about it is that the... More 

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Findlay, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

Even though I am a non-native, I am sure that this battlefield is sacred ground. It was the site of the sad ending to the American pursuit of the Nez Perce tribe in 1877. Here Chief Joseph shared his famous words, "From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." There is a 1.25 mile loop with... More 

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Mobile, AL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

Highly recommended. The walking tour is well marked and informative. The ranger on duty was most knowledgeable and willing to spend time with visitors. If you are interested in western history, and particularly the New Perce, you with value this visit.

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