Little Bighorn Battlefield opens in phases

Thursday, June 25, 2020
Little Bighorn Battlefield opens in phases
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U.S. Calvary soldier, Native American scouts and civilian personnel who died in the Battle of the Little Bighorn are commemorated with this obelisk that is set at the top of Last Stand Hill.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument is increasing recreational access, following guidance from federal regulators, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Chief of Interpretation Ken Woody said in a public statement.

“The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis,” he added.

Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument on June 23 reopened access to the Custer National Cemetery, the Tour Road, Last Stand Hill and the Reno-Benteen Battlefield, as well as the public restrooms.

The visitor’s center remains closed, Woody said.

“The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount,” he said. “At Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored.”

Battlefield staff will work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and work spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers, Woody said.

A return to full operations will continue to be phased and services at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument may be limited.

Woody encouraged the public to follow local area health orders, avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities and practice “Leave No Trace” principles, which includes reducing individual impact by respecting wildlife, plant life, and minimizing litter and damage to natural areas.